These volumes, which were kept from shortly after 1824 until the end of transportation, were compiled direct from the Assignment Lists and contain the same details, which are regularly given. These are name, where and when convicted, sentence. The names of convicts are arranged alphabetically by the initial of the surname, and grouped under the ship (whose date of arrival and master are sometimes given). The name of the court passing sentence is given, and a final column gives in addition details of emancipation (date of pardon, ticket-of-leave, conditional pardon, certificate of freedom).
The volumes were probably kept as a means of ready reference, for example to check when a convict was due for emancipation. Convicts, men and women, from all sources are included, and the total number of entries is 74,377.
|System of Arrangement:
The arrangement is by initial of surname, ship and period of arrival. A comprehensive breakdown of letters and years can be found in Guide to the public records of Tasmania. Section three, Convict Department / by P.R. Eldershaw at - https://stors.tas.gov.au/au-7-0038-00120_1