I have my one of my first Tasmanian profiles, George Ferguson, and I'm wondering whether the general assumption on the web that he is a convict is true.
All the sources I've found are linked from the profile, but I'm not sure whether his marriage permission (listing him as free) means that he was never a convict, or that he has served his term and is now free. His obit gives him as an early colonist (which may be just that the family didn't want to advertise his past). The 1842 census lists two free people in the house, one arrived free and one other.
I'm not aware of any shipping records that I can search to try to find and alternate arrival.
Thanks in advance, Chris.