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Series Details

Series Number: CON31
Title: CONDUCT REGISTERS OF MALE CONVICTS ARRIVING IN THE PERIOD OF THE ASSIGNMENT SYSTEM.
Start Date: 01 Jan 1803
End Date: 31 Dec 1843
Contents Start Date:
Contents End Date:
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Access: Open
Creating Agency:
TA60 CONVICT DEPARTMENT 01 Jan 1818 31 Dec 1877
Description (Content/Function):

The information given falls into two parts: that relating to the convict's history before arrival, and the details of his career in the colony. The former details include (normally), offence, date and place of trial, sentence, gaol report (i.e., the British gaol), hulk report, whether married; the last three begin to appear from 1816, and by 1821 a statement of relatives and religion is added. Also recorded here is the convict's own statement of his crime, which was taken by personal questioning on board ship before disembarkation and which usually expands the information formally recorded of the offence The information contained in these "confessions" (the word is used in 1826) varies greatly, but often includes particulars of previous offences, connections and way of life.

The information of conduct after arrival consists chiefly of offences which are recorded on a standard pattern: date of trial, place of convict's employment or name of his master, charge, sentence, magistrate. Instances of good conduct are sometimes recorded, as are the grant of emancipations; if death occurred while the convict was on strength, it is noted

How to Use Series:

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System of Arrangement:

The entries are arranged by number, which during this period was assigned as follows: all convicts whose surname began with the same letter were numbered from 1, chronologically by date of arrival (expect that many anomalies occurred in the period before the entering of the registers was brought up to date), up to the end of the assignment period; thus there is a series of numbers for each letter of the alphabet. The names are in alphabetical order only by the initial, and those arriving by a given ship are normally to be found together.

Information Sources:

Controlling Series:
CON22  COMPREHENSIVE REGISTERS OF CONVICTS. 01 Jan 1804 31 Dec 1853
Subsequent Series:
CON32  SUPPLEMENTARY CONDUCT REGISTERS. 01 Jan 1828 31 Dec 1853
Related Series:
POL15 ALPHABETICAL REGISTER OF CHARGES LAID AND SENTENCES IMPOSED. 01 Sep 1828 17 Jan 1832
CON34 CONDUCT REGISTERS OF MALE CONVICTS ARRIVING UNDER THE ASSIGNMENT SYSTEM ON STRENGTH IN NOV 1844. 01 Jan 1844 31 Dec 1892
Items in Series:
CON31/1/1 Convict surnames beginning with A and B 01 Jan 1803 31 Jan 1830
CON31/1/2 Convict surnames beginning with A 01 Jan 1830 31 Dec 1837
CON31/1/3 Convict surnames beginning with A (1838 - 1841) and B (10/1835 - 1841) 01 Oct 1835 31 Dec 1841
CON31/1/4 Convict surnames beginning with B 01 Jan 1830 31 Jul 1832
CON31/1/5 Convict surnames beginning with B 01 Jul 1832 31 Oct 1835
CON31/1/6 Convict surnames beginning with C 01 Jan 1803 31 Jan 1830
CON31/1/7 Convict surnames beginning with C 01 Apr 1830 30 Apr 1838
CON31/1/8 Convict surnames beginning with C 01 Aug 1838 31 Dec 1843
CON31/1/9 Convict surnames beginning with D and E 01 Jan 1804 31 Jan 1830
CON31/1/10 Convict surnames beginning with D 01 Apr 1830 31 Dec 1835
CON31/1/11 Convict surnames beginning with D (Dec 1835 to Apri1838) and E (Apr 1830 - Apr 1838) 01 Dec 1835 30 Apr 1838
CON31/1/12 Convict surnames beginning with D (Aug 1838 - Sep 1843) E (Aug 1838 - Oct 1842) and F (Apr 1838 - Sep 1843) 01 Apr 1838 30 Oct 1843
CON31/1/13 Convict surnames beginning with F (1807 - Jan 1830) - G (1807 - Feb 1819) 01 Jan 1807 01 Jan 1830
CON31/1/14 Convict surnames beginning with F 01 Apr 1830 28 Jan 1838
CON31/1/15 Convict surnames beginning with G 01 Jan 1815 28 Jan 1830
CON31/1/16 Convict surnames beginning with G 01 Apr 1830 28 Jan 1838
CON31/1/17 Convict surnames beginning with F 01 Jan 1838 31 Jul 1843
CON31/1/18 Convict surnames beginning with H 01 Jan 1803 31 Jul 1822
CON31/1/19 Convict surnames beginning with H 01 Jul 1822 28 Jan 1830
CON31/1/20 Convict surnames beginning with H. Arranged by the first letter of the surname, within this letter, by the date of arrival of the ship on which the convict arrived 01 Apr 1830 30 Aug 1833
CON31/1/21 Convict surnames beginning with H 01 Aug 1833 30 Oct 1837
CON31/1/22 Convict surnames beginning with H 01 Oct 1837 31 Dec 1843
CON31/1/23 Convict surnames beginning with I ( 1811 - Dec 1829) J ( 1809 - Jan 1830 and K (1810 - Jul 1820) 01 Jan 1809 28 Jan 1830
CON31/1/24 Convict surnames beginning with I ( Jul 1830 - Jan 1838) and J (Apr 1830 - May 1835) 01 Apr 1830 01 Jan 1838
CON31/1/25 Convict surnames beginning with I (Apr 1838 - Jan 1843) J (Dec 1835 - Sep 1843) K ( Mar 1837 - Sep 1843) L (Mar 1837 - Feb 1843) 01 Dec 1835 01 Sep 1843
CON31/1/26 Convict surnames beginning with J ( May 1834 - Oct 1835) and K (Apr 1830 - Dec 1836) 01 May 1834 31 Dec 1836
CON31/1/27 Convict surnames beginning with K (Aug 1820 - Jan 1830) and L (1808 - Jan 1830) 01 Jan 1808 26 Jan 1830
CON31/1/28 Convict surnames beginning with L 01 Apr 1830 28 Dec 1836
CON31/1/29 Convict surnames beginning with M (1803 - Jan 1830) N (1809 - Jan 1830) and O (1804 - Jan 1830) 01 Jan 1803 26 Jan 1830
CON31/1/30 Convict surnames beginning with M 01 Apr 1830 31 Dec 1833
CON31/1/31 Convict surnames beginning with M 1833-1837. Arranged by the first letter of the surname, within this letter, by the date of arrival of the ship on which the convict arrived 01 Dec 1833 30 Oct 1837
CON31/1/32 Convict surnames beginning with M (Oct 1837 - Sep 1843), N ( Oct 1837 - Feb 1842) and O (Oct 1837 - Jul 1843) 01 Oct 1837 30 Jul 1843
CON31/1/33 Convict surnames beginning with N (Apr 1830 - Oct 1837) O (Jan 1830 - Oct 1837) 01 Jan 1830 31 Oct 1837
CON31/1/34 Convict surnames beginning with P (1804 - Jan 1830) Q (1810 - Jan 1830) and R (1804 - Jan 1830) 01 Jan 1804 30 Jan 1830
CON31/1/35 Convict surnames beginning with P 01 Apr 1830 30 Mar 1837
CON31/1/36 Convict surnames beginning with P (May 1837 - May 1843) Q (Oct 1837 - Apr 1843) R (Oct 1837 - Sep 1843) 30 May 1837 30 Sep 1843
CON31/1/37 Convict surnames beginning with Q ( Apr 1830 - Jan 1838) R (Apr 1830 - Jul 1837) 01 Apr 1830 30 Jan 1837
CON31/1/38 Convict surnames beginning with S 01 Jan 1803 31 Jan 1830
CON31/1/39 Convict surnames beginning with S 01 Jan 1830 30 May 1833
CON31/1/40 Convict surnames beginning with S 01 May 1833 30 Oct 1837
CON31/1/41 Convict surnames beginning with S 01 Nov 1837 30 Sep 1843
CON31/1/42 Convict surnames beginning with T (1810 - Jan 1830) U ( 1810 - Jan 1830) and V (1810 - Jan 1830) 01 Jan 1803 30 Jan 1830
CON31/1/43 Convict surnames beginning with T 01 Apr 1830 26 Feb 1836
CON31/1/44 Convict surnames beginning with T ( Feb 1836 - Sep 1843) and U (Apr 1830 - Feb 1841) and V (Jul 1830 - Sep 1843) 01 Jan 1803 31 Dec 1843
CON31/1/45 Convict surnames beginning with W and Y 01 Jan 1803 26 Jan 1830
CON31/1/46 Convict surnames beginning with W 01 Apr 1830 30 Sep 1833
CON31/1/47 Convict surnames beginning with W (Sep 1833 - May 1837) and Y (Apr 1830 - Jul 1837) and Z (1811 - 1831) 01 Jan 1811 30 Jul 1837
CON31/1/48 Convict surnames beginning with W (May 1837 - Sep 1843) and Y (Oct 1837 - Feb 1842) 01 May 1837 30 Sep 1842