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Cath RJ
19-10-15, 19:31
I have an ancestor who was sentenced at York Assizes to 14 years transportation in December 1853. However he didn't arrive in Australia (Fremantle) until July 1855.
Can anyone suggest how I can find out where he was between these dates?

Anne in Carlisle
19-10-15, 19:37
He was probably on the prison hulks before he left on the voyage. I think its Ancestry that has a prison hulk index and images
Anne

Olde Crone Holden
19-10-15, 20:07
I thought transportation had finished by 1855?

OC

JudithM
19-10-15, 20:19
I thought transportation had finished by 1855?

OC
I believe the last convict ship to Australia was in 1868

Elaine
19-10-15, 20:25
Just found a few records for my William Tann, there are quite a few details on FMP now so I have him convicted, at Millbank, then Portland before leaving a year later, for Gibraltar in this case.

There is a ship's list for transported convicts on the national archives which you can download for free 1853-1863

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C3083380

I think this is the link, just add to basket and they send it to you. I do have the downloaded copy if it doesn't work so can have a look.

Karamazov
19-10-15, 20:42
Just found a few records for my William Tann, there are quite a few details on FMP now so I have him convicted, at Millbank, then Portland before leaving a year later, for Gibraltar in this case.

There is a ship's list for transported convicts on the national archives which you can download for free 1853-1863

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C3083380

I think this is the link, just add to basket and they send it to you. I do have the downloaded copy if it doesn't work so can have a look.

Elaine, Cath,
Apologies if you already know but are you aware of the Convict Records website? Always interesting to have a play around with..

Elaine - There are two William Tanns listed, convicted in 1835 and 1839, although I wasn't sure which of them might be yours. Some contributors have added quite a lot of info re the 1839 one.
http://www.convictrecords.com.au/convicts/tann

Christine

Elaine
19-10-15, 20:59
Hi Christine

Thanks for those, haven't worked the earlier convictions out yet, but I do know Norfolk is not related, mine is born 1839 Essex and I've lost him 1862 when he is set to leave Gibraltar.

Olde Crone Holden
19-10-15, 22:09
Thanks Judith - I had 1855 firmly fixed in my mind!

OC

Macbev
20-10-15, 07:16
I thought transportation had finished by 1855?

OC

Western Australia applied for convicts just as the Eastern States were phasing it out. (1850-1868). Only male convicts were accepted and generally speaking, those convicted of lesser crimes. Although founded as a free settlement, the Swan River colony (est. 1829) was suffering economic hardship and it was thought that an injection of money and free labour would help. There were some earlier arrivals of Parkhurst boys, but these were not officially regarded as convicts.

More here:

http://members.iinet.net.au/~perthdps/convicts/con-wa.html

Cath RJ
20-10-15, 09:30
Thank you all for your replies. I have full details of crime, court case, ship (Adelaide) etc. and a little about his life in Australia but I just wondered if there was any information available for the time between sentencing and the actual sailing.
Thanks.

Anne in Carlisle
20-10-15, 14:47
Maybe they didn't use the prison hulks at this later date? I have definitely seen online images of reports about convicts held on them (behaviour and suchlike). If they were not used I would assume he was kept in prison somewhere until it was time to go.
Anne