Cover image for Description Lists of Female Convicts.
Series:
Description Lists of Female Convicts.
Series Number:
Access:
Open
Start Date:
01 Oct 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:


Navarino 17 Jan 1841, Mary Anne 30 Mar 1841, Rajah 19 Jul 1841
Waverley 15 Dec 1842, Garland Grove (2) 20 Jan 1843, Margaret 19 Jul 1843, East London 2 Sep 1843, Woodbridge 25 Dec 1843
Garland Grove 10 Oct 1841, Mexborough 27 Dec 1841, Emma Eugenia 8 Apr 1842, Hope 17 Aug 1842, Royal Admiral 24 Sep 1843
Emma Eugenia 7 Apr 1844, Greenlaw 2 Jul 1844, Angelina 25 Aug 1844, Tasmania 20 Dec 1844, Phoebe 2 Jan 1845
Tory 4 Jul 1845, Lloyds 8 Nov 1845, Tasmania 3 Dec 1845, Emma Eugenia 5 Jun 1846, Sea Queen 29 Aug 1846, John Calvin 18 May 1848
Waverley 25 Oct 1847, Cadet 2 Jan 1848, Elizabeth & Henry 30 Jun 1848, Tory 6 Aug 1848
Kinnear 7 Oct 1848, Lord Auckland 20 Jan 1849, Cadet 12 Apr 1849, Maria 23 Jul 1849, Stately 2 Sep 1849
Australasia 29 Sep 1849, St Vincent 4 Apr 1850, Earl Grey 9 May 1850, Barretto Junior 25 Jul 1850
Duke of Cornwall 27 Oct 1850, Emma Eugenia 7 Mar 1851, Blackfriar 29 May 1851, Aurora 10 Aug 1851
Anna Maria 26 Jan 1852, John William Dare 22 May 1852, Sir Robert Seppings 8 Jul 1852, Martin Luther 1 Sep 1852
Midlothian 25 Feb 1853, Duchess of Northumberland 21 Apr 1853
America 9 May 1831, Arab 25 Apr 1836, Atwick 23 Jan 1838, Borneo 8 Oct 1828, Eliza 24 Feb 1830, Edward 4 Sep 1834, Frances Charlotte 10 Jan 1833, Gilbert Henderson 30 Apr 1840
Harmony 14 Jan 1829, Hydery 10 Aug 1832, Hector 20 Oct 1835, Hindostan 12 Sep 1839, Jane 30 Jun 1833, Lady of the Lake 1 Nov 1829, Mermaid 27 Jun 1828, Mary 19 Oct 1831
Majestic 22 Jan 1839, New Grove 27 Mar 1835, Nautilus 27 Aug 1838, Westmorland 3 Dec 1836, William Bryan 23 Oct 1833, Platina 22 Oct 1837