Cover image for Description Lists of Male Convicts.
Series:
Description Lists of Male Convicts.
Series Number:
Access:
Open
Start Date:
01 Jan 1828
End Date:
31 Dec 1853
Source:
Tasmanian Archives
Creating Agency:
01 Jan 181831 Dec 1877
How to Use:
Digital images of this record series are available to view online by clicking on the item links below to get to the Item Details pages. Copies may be made for private research/study but any other use requires permission from the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office.
Series notes:
Particulars of the physical appearance of convicts who arrived before this series begins are sometimes available in other series (e.g., the first three volumes of CON 13, and in CON 23). But from 1828 the following details are fairly regularly available: trade, height, age, colour of complexion, hair, whiskers, eyebrows and eyes, shape of head, visage, forehead, nose, mouth and chin

and information of tattoos, deformities, scars, speech impediments, pigmented spots, birthmarks, etc. Native place is also usually given.

These documents, which before 1841 are loose sheets bound together after the manuscript details have been entered against the printed headings, were compiled on board ship from individual examination before the convicts were disembarked

there is evidence that both male and female convicts were required to strip to the waist. After 1841 the details are entered into bound volumes.

The descriptions recorded in this and related series were used by the Convict Department to reduce the risk of confusion of identity: they were copied on the back of the parchment "characters" (see CON 12 and CON 70) and on such instruments as tickets-of-leave and pardons, and used in notices of absconders. Considerable care was taken to record unusual or unique features, such as tattoos and deformities.

These records are part of the holdings of the Tasmanian Archives
System of Arrangement:
The names of convicts are arranged alphabetically by initial of surname, according to ship, which are arranged alphabetically by initial (up to 1841) and chronologically (after 1841).;;
Items:


Bengal Merchant 10 Aug 1828, Bussorah Merchant 18 Jan 1830, Royal Sovereign 8 Jan 1838 pages 168 - 246 online images 88 - 130) York 28 Aug 1829, Runnymede 30 Mar 1840, Pyramus 24 Mar 1839
Clyde 18 Dec 1830, David Lyon 18 Aug 1830, Persian 7 Nov 1830, Royal George 18 Oct 1830
Argyle 3 Aug 1831, Atlas 24 Aug 1833, Arab 30 Jun 1834, Augusta Jessie 22 Jan 1835
Aurora 7 Oct 1835, Asia 21 Feb 1836, Augusta Jessie 3 Dec 1838
Circassian 16 Feb 1833, Coromandel 26 Oct 1838, Canton 12 Jan 1840
Eliza 29 May 1831, Elizabeth 14 Feb 1832, England 18 Jul 1832, Enchantress 31 Jul 1833, Emperor Alexander 12 Aug 1833
Elphinstone 24 May 1836, Eden 30 Dec 1836, Elphinstone 3 Oct 1837, Egyptian 23 Aug 1839
Frances Charlotte 15 May 1837, Georgiana 18 April 1829, George 3rd 12 Apr 1835, Gilmore 22 Mar 1832, Georgiana 1 Feb 1833, Gilmore 23 Jan 1839
Henry Porcher 15 Nov 1836, Isabella 13 Nov 1833, John 28 Jan 1831
Katherine Stewart Forbes 16 Jul 1832, Lady Kennaway 13 Feb 1835, Mandarin 30 Jun 1840, Prince Regent 10 Jan 1830
John Barry 11 Aug 1834, Jupiter 28 Apr 1833, John 1 Dec 1833
Lady Harewood 28 Jul 1829, Larkins 19 Oct 1831, Lord Lyndoch 18 Nov 1831, Lord William Bentick 28 Aug 1832
Lotus 17 May 1833, Layton 10 Dec 1835, Lord Lyndoch 18 Aug 1836
Layton 10 Dec 1839, Lady Nugent 12 Nov 1836, Lord William Bentick 25 Aug 1838
Manlius 9 Nov 1829, Marmion 6 Mar 1828, Mary 10 Apr 1830, Manlius 12 Aug 1830, Moffatt 9 May 1834
Mangles 1 Aug 1835, Marquis of Hastings 23 Jul 1839
Moffatt 1 Apr 1838, Minerva 28 Sep 1838
Norfolk 28 Aug 1835, Neptune 18 Jan 1838, Proteus 3 Aug 1831
Strathfieldsay 15 Nov 1831, Surrey 14 Dec 1829, Sir Charles Forbes 27 Jul 1830, Susan 22 Nov 1837
Sarah 29 Mar 1837, Southworth 14 Jan 1834, Stakesby 4 Sep 1833, Surrey 7 Apr 1833
Thames 21 Nov 1829, William Miles 29 Jul 1828, William Glen Anderson 1 Nov 1831, Woodford 25 Aug 1828, Waterloo 3 Mar 1835, York 29 Dec 1832
William Metcalfe 4 Sep 1834, Recovery 8 Oct 1837, Red Rover 26 Mar 1831, Roslyn Castle 16 Dec 1828
Re-numbered as CON19/12
Re-numbered as CON19/13
Re-numbered as CON19/14
Lord Lyndoch 5 Feb 1841, Lady Raffles 17 Mar 1841, Cape Packet 23 Nov 1842
British Sovereign 17 Mar 1841, Duncan 18 Apr 1841, John Brewer 6 Apr 1842
Asia 21 Aug 1841, Layton 1 Sep 1841, Lord Goderich 19 Nov 1841
Waverley 13 Sept 1841, David Clarke 4 Oct 1841, Prince Regent 2 Jan 1842, Richard Webb 4 Mar 1842
Barrossa 13 Jan 1842, Tortoise 19 Feb 1842
Isabella 21 May 1842, Candahar 21 Jul 1842, Lady Franklin 6 Jun 1844
Somersetshire 30 May 1842
Marquis of Hastings 8 Nov 1842, Earl Grey 14 Jan 1843, Constant 26 Aug 1843
Emily 24 Nov 1842, Duchess of Northumberland 18 Jan 1843, Lord Petre 15 Oct 1843
Triton 19 Dec 1842, Navarino 10 Jan 1843, North Briton 4 Apr 1843
John Renwick 10 Apr 1843, Gilmore 20 Aug 1843, Orator 21 Nov 1843, Elizabeth & Henry 9 Jun 1845
Cressy 20 Aug 1843, Duke of Richmond 2 Jan 1844, Emily 30 Oct 1844
Asiatic 23 Sep 1843, Henrietta 19 Nov 1843, Lord Auckland 15 Nov 1844
Emerald Isle 12 Oct 1843, Marion 4 Apr 1844, Cadet 24 Aug 1844
Forfarshire 12 Oct 1843, Duke of Richmond 12 Mar 1844, Barrossa 5 Sept 1844
Anson 4 Feb 1844, Equestrian 1 May 1844
Maitland 3 Mar 1844, Maria Somes 30 Jul 1844
William Jardine 20 Nov 1844, Sir Robert Peel 26 Dec 1844, Ratcliffe 29 Aug 1845
Sir George Seymour 27 Feb 1845, Theresa 4 Jul 1845, Equestrian 15 Oct 1845
Mount Stuart Elphinstone 17 Jun 1845, Samuel Boddington 18 Jan 1846, Joseph Somes 19 May 1846
Marion 16 Sep 1845, Stratheden 25 Dec 1845, Pestongee Bomangee 30 Dec 1845
Palmyra 22 Aug 1846, Tory 19 Mar 1847, Pestongee Bomangee 2 Jan 1849, Eden 21 Jan 1849
Lord Auckland 25 Aug 1846, Pestongee Bomangee 17 Feb 1847, Pestongee Bomangee 8 Apr 1847
Pestongee Bomangee 19 May 1847, Mount Stuart Elphinstone 18 May 1848
Ratcliffe 12 Nov 1848, Blenheim 2 Feb 1849, Adelaide 29 Nov 1849
Tory 15 Jun 1847, Bangalore 14 Jul 1848, Hydrabad 26 Aug 1849
William Jardine 14 Nov 1850, London 19 Mar 1851, Lady Kennaway 28 May 1851
Blenheim 24 Jul 1850, Cornwall 11 Jun 1851
Hydrabad 13 Dec 1850
Tory 1 May 1847, Blenheim 31 Oct 1851
Rodney 21 Dec 1851, Aboukir 20 Mar 1852, Fairlie 4 Jul 1852
Pestongee Bomangee 31 Jul 1852, Lord Dalhousie 14 Aug 1852
Lady Montague 9 Dec 1852, Equestrian 16 Dec 1852, Lord Auckland 29 Jan 1853
Rodney 12 Feb 1853, Oriental Queen 19 Feb 1853, Saint Vincent 26 Feb 1853