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Series Details

Series Number: CON18
Title: DESCRIPTION LISTS OF MALE CONVICTS.
Start Date: 01 Jan 1828
End Date: 31 Dec 1853
Contents Start Date:
Contents End Date:
Date Range of Holdings:
Access: Open
Creating Agency:
TA60 CONVICT DEPARTMENT 01 Jan 1818 31 Dec 1877
Description (Content/Function):

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.

How to Use Series:

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.

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).

Information Sources:

Items in Series:
CON18/1/1 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 10 Aug 1828 30 Mar 1840
CON18/1/2 Clyde 18 Dec 1830, David Lyon 18 Aug 1830, Persian 7 Nov 1830, Royal George 18 Oct 1830 18 Aug 1830 18 Dec 1830
CON18/1/3 Argyle 3 Aug 1831, Atlas 24 Aug 1833, Arab 30 Jun 1834, Augusta Jessie 22 Jan 1835 03 Aug 1831 22 Jan 1835
CON18/1/4 Aurora 7 Oct 1835, Asia 21 Feb 1836, Augusta Jessie 3 Dec 1838 07 Oct 1835 03 Dec 1838
CON18/1/5 Circassian 16 Feb 1833, Coromandel 26 Oct 1838, Canton 12 Jan 1840 16 Feb 1833 12 Jan 1840
CON18/1/6 Eliza 29 May 1831, Elizabeth 14 Feb 1832, England 18 Jul 1832, Enchantress 31 Jul 1833, Emperor Alexander 12 Aug 1833 29 May 1831 12 Aug 1833
CON18/1/7 Elphinstone 24 May 1836, Eden 30 Dec 1836, Elphinstone 3 Oct 1837, Egyptian 23 Aug 1839 24 May 1836 23 Aug 1839
CON18/1/8 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 18 Apr 1828 23 Jan 1839
CON18/1/9 Henry Porcher 15 Nov 1836, Isabella 13 Nov 1833, John 28 Jan 1831 28 Jan 1831 15 Nov 1836
CON18/1/10 Katherine Stewart Forbes 16 Jul 1832, Lady Kennaway 13 Feb 1835, Mandarin 30 Jun 1840, Prince Regent 10 Jan 1830 10 Jan 1830 30 Jun 1840
CON18/1/11 John Barry 11 Aug 1834, Jupiter 28 Apr 1833, John 1 Dec 1833 28 Apr 1833 11 Aug 1834
CON18/1/12 Lady Harewood 28 Jul 1829, Larkins 19 Oct 1831, Lord Lyndoch 18 Nov 1831, Lord William Bentick 28 Aug 1832 28 Jul 1829 28 Aug 1832
CON18/1/13 Lotus 17 May 1833, Layton 10 Dec 1835, Lord Lyndoch 18 Aug 1836 17 May 1833 18 Aug 1836
CON18/1/14 Layton 10 Dec 1839, Lady Nugent 12 Nov 1836, Lord William Bentick 25 Aug 1838 12 Nov 1836 10 Dec 1839
CON18/1/15 Manlius 9 Nov 1829, Marmion 6 Mar 1828, Mary 10 Apr 1830, Manlius 12 Aug 1830, Moffatt 9 May 1834 06 Mar 1828 09 May 1834
CON18/1/16 Mangles 1 Aug 1835, Marquis of Hastings 23 Jul 1839 01 Aug 1835 23 Jul 1839
CON18/1/17 Moffatt 1 Apr 1838, Minerva 28 Sep 1838 01 Apr 1838 28 Sep 1838
CON18/1/18 Norfolk 28 Aug 1835, Neptune 18 Jan 1838, Proteus 3 Aug 1831 03 Aug 1831 18 Jan 1838
CON18/1/19 Strathfieldsay 15 Nov 1831, Surrey 14 Dec 1829, Sir Charles Forbes 27 Jul 1830, Susan 22 Nov 1837 14 Dec 1829 22 Nov 1837
CON18/1/20 Sarah 29 Mar 1837, Southworth 14 Jan 1834, Stakesby 4 Sep 1833, Surrey 7 Apr 1833 07 Apr 1833 29 Mar 1837
CON18/1/21 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 29 Jul 1828 03 Mar 1835
CON18/1/22 William Metcalfe 4 Sep 1834, Recovery 8 Oct 1837, Red Rover 26 Mar 1831, Roslyn Castle 16 Dec 1828 16 Dec 1828 08 Oct 1837
CON18/1/23 Re-numbered as CON19/12 01 Jan 1828 31 Dec 1853
CON18/1/24 Re-numbered as CON19/13 01 Jan 1828 31 Dec 1853
CON18/1/25 Re-numbered as CON19/14 01 Jan 1828 31 Dec 1853
CON18/1/26 Lord Lyndoch 5 Feb 1841, Lady Raffles 17 Mar 1841, Cape Packet 23 Nov 1842 05 Feb 1841 23 Nov 1842
CON18/1/27 British Sovereign 17 Mar 1841, Duncan 18 Apr 1841, John Brewer 6 Apr 1842 17 Mar 1841 06 Apr 1842
CON18/1/28 Asia 21 Aug 1841, Layton 1 Sep 1841, Lord Goderich 19 Nov 1841 21 Aug 1841 19 Nov 1841
CON18/1/29 Waverley 13 Sept 1841, David Clarke 4 Oct 1841, Prince Regent 2 Jan 1842, Richard Webb 4 Mar 1842 13 Sep 1841 04 Mar 1842
CON18/1/30 Barrossa 13 Jan 1842, Tortoise 19 Feb 1842 13 Jan 1842 19 Feb 1842
CON18/1/31 Isabella 21 May 1842, Candahar 21 Jul 1842, Lady Franklin 6 Jun 1844 21 May 1842 06 Jun 1844
CON18/1/32 Somersetshire 30 May 1842 30 May 1842 30 May 1842
CON18/1/33 Marquis of Hastings 8 Nov 1842, Earl Grey 14 Jan 1843, Constant 26 Aug 1843 08 Nov 1842 26 Aug 1843
CON18/1/34 Emily 24 Nov 1842, Duchess of Northumberland 18 Jan 1843, Lord Petre 15 Oct 1843 24 Nov 1842 15 Oct 1843
CON18/1/35 Triton 19 Dec 1842, Navarino 10 Jan 1843, North Briton 4 Apr 1843 19 Dec 1842 04 Apr 1843
CON18/1/36 John Renwick 10 Apr 1843, Gilmore 20 Aug 1843, Orator 21 Nov 1843, Elizabeth & Henry 9 Jun 1845 10 Apr 1843 09 Jun 1845
CON18/1/37 Cressy 20 Aug 1843, Duke of Richmond 2 Jan 1844, Emily 30 Oct 1844 20 Aug 1843 30 Oct 1844
CON18/1/38 Asiatic 23 Sep 1843, Henrietta 19 Nov 1843, Lord Auckland 15 Nov 1844 23 Sep 1843 15 Nov 1844
CON18/1/39 Emerald Isle 12 Oct 1843, Marion 4 Apr 1844, Cadet 24 Aug 1844 12 Oct 1843 24 Aug 1844
CON18/1/40 Forfarshire 12 Oct 1843, Duke of Richmond 12 Mar 1844, Barrossa 5 Sept 1844 12 Oct 1843 05 Sep 1844
CON18/1/41 Anson 4 Feb 1844, Equestrian 1 May 1844 04 Feb 1844 01 May 1844
CON18/1/42 Maitland 3 Mar 1844, Maria Somes 30 Jul 1844 03 Mar 1844 30 Jul 1844
CON18/1/43 William Jardine 20 Nov 1844, Sir Robert Peel 26 Dec 1844, Ratcliffe 29 Aug 1845 20 Nov 1844 29 Aug 1845
CON18/1/44 Sir George Seymour 27 Feb 1845, Theresa 4 Jul 1845, Equestrian 15 Oct 1845 27 Feb 1845 15 Oct 1845
CON18/1/45 Mount Stuart Elphinstone 17 Jun 1845, Samuel Boddington 18 Jan 1846, Joseph Somes 19 May 1846 17 Jun 1845 19 May 1846
CON18/1/46 Marion 16 Sep 1845, Stratheden 25 Dec 1845, Pestongee Bomangee 30 Dec 1845 16 Sep 1845 30 Dec 1845
CON18/1/47 Palmyra 22 Aug 1846, Tory 19 Mar 1847, Pestongee Bomangee 2 Jan 1849, Eden 21 Jan 1849 22 Aug 1846 21 Jan 1849
CON18/1/48 Lord Auckland 25 Aug 1846, Pestongee Bomangee 17 Feb 1847, Pestongee Bomangee 8 Apr 1847 25 Aug 1846 08 Apr 1847
CON18/1/49 Pestongee Bomangee 19 May 1847, Mount Stuart Elphinstone 18 May 1848 19 May 1847 18 May 1848
CON18/1/50 Ratcliffe 12 Nov 1848, Blenheim 2 Feb 1849, Adelaide 29 Nov 1849 12 Nov 1848 29 Nov 1849
CON18/1/51 Tory 15 Jun 1847, Bangalore 14 Jul 1848, Hydrabad 26 Aug 1849 15 Jun 1847 26 Aug 1849
CON18/1/52 William Jardine 14 Nov 1850, London 19 Mar 1851, Lady Kennaway 28 May 1851 14 Nov 1850 28 May 1851
CON18/1/53 Blenheim 24 Jul 1850, Cornwall 11 Jun 1851 24 Jul 1850 11 Jun 1851
CON18/1/54 Hydrabad 13 Dec 1850 13 Dec 1850 13 Dec 1850
CON18/1/55 Tory 1 May 1847, Blenheim 31 Oct 1851 01 May 1847 31 Oct 1851
CON18/1/56 Rodney 21 Dec 1851, Aboukir 20 Mar 1852, Fairlie 4 Jul 1852 21 Dec 1851 04 Jul 1852
CON18/1/57 Pestongee Bomangee 31 Jul 1852, Lord Dalhousie 14 Aug 1852 31 Jul 1852 14 Aug 1852
CON18/1/58 Lady Montague 9 Dec 1852, Equestrian 16 Dec 1852, Lord Auckland 29 Jan 1853 09 Dec 1852 29 Jan 1853
CON18/1/59 Rodney 12 Feb 1853, Oriental Queen 19 Feb 1853, Saint Vincent 26 Feb 1853 12 Feb 1853 26 Feb 1853