Categories: Australian Convicts and First Settlers Project | Australia Genealogy Resources
Welcome to the Australian Convicts and First Settlers WikiTree 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.
Genealogy: Australian Convicts and First Settlers; A Google Community has been started to aid discussion.
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:
- 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.
- Add australian_convicts to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all our discussions in your G2G Feed.
- Ask Paul to award you the Australian Convicts Project Member badge.
- Add your name to the list below, along with a note about what you're working on in this project right now.
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 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 five 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. The remaining two being Alexander Hewitt and his wife Jane Starkey.
- 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.
- Kerrie Christian - like Irene Dillon, I have a lot of convicts in my family trees - never realised how many till this project. I am descended from 3 First Fleet Convicts - John Small, Mary Parker & James Bradley. Other convicts that I am descended from include Third Fleet Convict Sarah Barnes, as well as later convicts Thomas Calcott, Thomas Power, Samuel Weatherstone, Richard James Hicks, Margaret Howe, Thomas Brain, Ann Daley. Other convicts in my Hicks Family Tree include First Fleeter John Herbert and his First Fleet wife Deborah Ellam; as well as later convicts George Hurst and Thomas White - and in my Small-Parker-Bradley Family Tree - James Squire - First Fleeter, Elizabeth Mason - First Fleeter, Matthew Hughes, George Patfield, Mary (Brian) Patfield, Robert Melville , Arthur Devlin. My husband is descended from First Fleet Sirius Sailor Peter Hibbs and Second Fleet Convict Mary Pardoe, as well as later convicts Francis Byrne, Thomas Crumpton and Frances (Mills) Johnson. Other Convicts in my Husband's Hibbs family tree include Matthew Everingham - First Fleeter, Ann Forbes - First Fleeter, William Dring - First Fleeter, John Ramsey - First Fleeter; and other convicts in my husband's Green Family Tree are Charlotte Green, Thomas Hyndes and James Oatley.
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.
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