Project: Australian Convicts and First Settlers

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?? Welcome to the Australian Convicts and First Settlers Project!

This project exists to bring together WikiTreers interested in improving the profiles of the first European immigrants to Australia.

As a rough rule we will be focussing on the period of Convict transportation up until its end in 1868. Of particular interest, though, will be the first few decades of Convict transportation and of free settlers.

The main aims are to grow the trees of these early arrivals and learn more about their subsequent lives.

I have also become aware of the myriad of inter-connections between distant cousins that comes from a population that moves from a small geographic area to another small geographic area, such as England and Ireland to Sydney, NSW.

Communicating with the project:


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The leader of this project is Paul Bech. For a full list of current participants, see the badge report.

If you're interested in participating in this project, please do the following:

  1. Add the line [[Category:Australian Convicts and First Settlers Project]] to the text area of your profile page. This will add you to the list of participants on the category page.
  2. Add australian_convicts to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all our discussions in your G2G Feed.
  3. Ask Paul to award you the Australian Convicts Project Member badge.
  4. Add your name to the list below, along with a note about what you're working on in this project right now.

Our Progress

Beside your name below, please keep track of what you're currently working on for this project. This is both for your own reference, and to aid collaboration amongst the project participants. If you are going to be temporarily inactive in the project (eg. on vacation), please note that here. Thanks!

  • David Champion - I am a great grandson of John Champion who arrived in Sydney on 14th February 1814 aboard the General Hewitt.
  • Bruce Kercher - an interest in convicts and law, and a family interest in Isaac Peyton, Susannah Harrison and Charles Hughes.
  • Callum Simms - interested in the backgrounds of free settlers, specifically de Arrieta and Spearing.
  • Leisa Kelly - interested in the family lives of convicts. Descended from Ann Leakey (Roslyn Castle) and John Murphy-Scully (Morley).
  • Terry Wright- Interested in all Convicts as I have a number of different convicts on my tree ,but very interested in Joseph Wright who came to Australia on the First Fleet and his wife Eleanor Gott who came to Australia on the Second Fleet
  • Graeme Rose - Interested in all Convicts. 12 Direct convict ancestors from England & Ireland. Some serious criminals but some for stealing a sheep or linen or watching a robbery. Once free some became outstanding citizens & others continued their criminal ways.
  • Michael McCook - Benjamin Thomas Hodgson and brother William Hodgson, both deported Leeds in the 1820's. Have letters and much research relating to subsequent lives
  • Irene Dillon - Interested in all Convicts, I have a large number on my tree. Particularly interested in the voyage over, the ships and the conditions on board those ships and in the hulks, also in the different ways they were treated. Currently updating profiles for Robert Briers and Lydia Jelley, have updated James Triffett, Johanna Burnes, John and Alice McKinley and Ann Orton. Many to come.
  • Veronica Williams - There are 8 convict profiles on wikitree that I hope to be able to assist in developing further. The first three relate to my own ancestry, being descended from Thomas Cassidy who was transported along with his two brothers, Philip Cassidy and Edward Cassidy on the Hercules II in 1830 for throwing their landlords horse into a quarry. There are still some mysteries to be unravelled about the life of Thomas and also what became of Edward who escaped in 1833 and his father Stephen Cassidy who was tried for the same crime, but imprisoned in Ireland rather than being transported due to his age. My husband is lucky enough to have an additional six convicts in his line and he must be somehow related to Paul Bech as they include Catherine Edwards, her husband William Yardley and son in law Richard Hayman, and John Herps. The remaining two being Alexander Hewitt and his wife Jane Starkey.
As part of my involvement in the Irish Roots project I am also adding convicts profiles to Wikitree of those convicts from Fermanagh who were involved in the 'Macken Fight' and transported to Australia on the Hercules II with Thomas and his brothers.
I am also working with the FTDNA Australian Convicts and FTDNA Australian Settlers DNA projects to add their genealogical and DNA data to WIkitree. Please refer to works in progress here for Wikitree Australian Convicts and Wikitree Australian Settlers.
  • Fiona Legg - According to my husband, I have 'Convict Envy'. We have four on his side of the tree, but I'm still looking for the first one in my family. At least I can research his scallywags! We have 3 sent to VDL/TAS, and one went to NSW. I will be updating the profiles of Mary Ann Sainsbury, Alexander Malcolm, William Case and Edward Thistleton.
  • Craig Smith - Descended from convicts Elizabeth Hemming, Thomas Densley and Luke Everitt aka William Andrews. Particularly interested in confirming Luke's true name and origins. Also interested in either confirming or disproving some of the "assumed" connections other family members have made over the years.
  • Lyn Weston - I am a descendant of Ellen/Eleanor/Frazer/Frazer and William Frazer/Frazer who were both First Fleeter. Also David May who arrived here in 1838 on the 'Emma Eugenia'. Sorry to have butted in like this but it was all the tablet would allow me to do---or----I could do. If someone wants to shift me feel free.
  • Kerry Laughlin - I am new to Wikitree but have been doing genealogy for years now on Recently found a connection through my husband Matt Coombs back to Lawrence (Laurence) Gill after finding Terry Gill's Wikitree online. Also recently, my husband's DNA matched Veronica Williams's husbands DNA in Family Finder on I look forward to learning more about his family and in particular, his convict ancestry.
  • Leigh Hoolihan - I am descended from a number of early settlers of New South Wales and northern Queensland. My ancestors John Green and Anne Dillon are believed to have been convicts and (ignoring family gossip!) we are trying to prove if this is true (or not!). I am now methodically researching convicts and early settlers called John Green and Anne Dillon to see if I can narrow the choice down. Either way, they were living in Australia by 1840. Most of my great-great-grandparents were living in Australia by 1865.
  • Elayine McCallum - I am the 4x Great Granddaughter of convict Joseph Puckeridge. He was convicted of stealing cloth and sentenced to Australia. I'm sure there are more, I just have to find them :-)
  • Kathy Thompson Currently sorting out my direct line profiles. Descended from John Wood alias John Leach who was transported for life for stealing a watch, and arrived in 1813 on the Earl Spencer.
  • Kathleen Starr - I am descended from Samuel Sandall, Sarah Whaley and Michael Dooner.
  • Jeff Meurer - being a descendant of three Australian Convicts i am keen to expand and improve the Australian Convict project. I have added my ancestors to the project category.
  • Dale Gatherum-Goss - we have a number of convicts we have researched.
  • Kate Arnold - great, great granddaughter of the Irish convict Francis Muldoon transported to VDL aboard the Blenheim arriving in 1849. He seems to have a "very well documented" life ... which is rarely a good thing! Also interested in early South Australian free settlers Lynes whose daughter was the first white child born on Kangaroo Island, the adventurous but also very mysterious Deimel and his wife Cornelia and on the other side of the family the more prosperous and reputable Wimmera pioneer "Fred" Sudholz. I know there are a LOT of Sudholz' out there still.

Convict Template

Project Pages

  • Famous Australian Convicts - A list of convicts who have profiles on wikitree who became well known in Australia for one reason or another.

Category Pages

Related External websites

  • Tasmanian Convict Records - comprehensive index of all convicts transported to Tasmania and those who were convicted (through the convict system) in the colony.
  • Founders and Survivors - This site seeks to record and study the founding population of 73,000 men, women, and children who were transported to Tasmania.
  • Convict Records - This website allows you to search the British Convict transportation register for convicts transported to Australia between 1787-1867.
  • Australian Royalty website - a very impressive website documenting many trees of various convicts, with an impressive database of some 59000 individuals.
  • Claim a Convict has been relaunched as a tribute to its founder, Lesley Uebel - many convicts still to be added - can you add some of those missing convicts?
  • Convicts in Remote Australia - Did you know some of the early convicts were sent to the Northern Territory and were also in Western Australia as early as 1826? The book 'Distant Settlements: Convicts in Remote Australia' by Edward Street contains some fascinating information.

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