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Australia - Born in the Colony 1788 - 1900 Team

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Date: 1788 to 1900
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This page is managed by the Australia Project. It outlines information regarding the 'Born in the Colony' free-space project and team. The Team Leader is Veronica Williams.

See also: Project: Australia.

When Australia was initially colonised in 1788, convicts and settlers came from many lands, some came free, others came against their will. Many went on to settle and prosper, having families in their new country.

The 'Born in the Colony' project has been set up to recognise the progeny of the early inhabitants of Colonial Australia, up to the time of Federation.

They became the '1st generation' Australian ancestors for many of us.


Goal and Activities

The goal of the project is to categorise all those born in the six Australian Colonies that existed, prior to Federation.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them and could use your help.

  • Identify relevant categories, free space and project pages relevant to Colonial Australia. See works in progress.
  • Create categories for all six Colonies that existed in Australia prior to Federation.
  • Set up separate pages with tables listing all the colonies and links to key resources.
  • Create profiles for all those 'Born in the Colony' and their convict or immigrant parents.
  • Add profile stickers to relevant profiles. See template
  • Connect up each of the families to the 'One World WikiTree'.
  • Improve all existing profiles - refer Category: Australia, Profile Improvement - Colonial Australia


  • All relevant Colony State and Territory (CST) Teams - help implement new initiatives.
  • We are keen for all members to add their specific areas of interest to the specific interest area table below. If you are a new member please leave a comment or add your name to the list below and indicate your area of interest. You will then be placed in the Focus area table (or you can add yourself).
  • Members are removed from this list once they are added to the table.
  • If you need help or have questions, please contact Veronica.

Members - awaiting info on specific interests (see table below):

Team Members on or after 16 Dec 2020. New members after this date please add your details below.

Please note - Topic teams will overlap the Colony, State and Territory teams but this team will help develop the overall structure required for ‘Born in the Colony’ profiles of the Colonial period.

Members Specific Interests

Focus Area Name
Policy and Procedure
members working with others to develop and promote changes to policy and standards for Born in the Colony profiles, including documentation of project guidelines
Veronica Williams
Categories and Locations
members focussing on the development and implementation of appropriate category structures and location fields relevant to Pre Federation 1788-1900 profiles (including those Born in the Colony)
Danny Stapleton
members focus is on connecting Born in the Colony profiles to our main Global Family Tree
Lindsay Nash
Data Doctors
members working together to use tools that seek out and correct errors on Born in the Colony profiles
Veronica Williams (DNA errors)|Jason Rennie
focus on adding sources to Unsourced Born in the Colony profiles
Lindsay Nash|Jason Rennie
All Rounders
members who have an interest in helping to improve Born in the Colony profiles when needed (eg adding stickers or other new initiatives), including their own families
Megan Tilley|Sandra Williamson|Nan Hewitt| Neil Croll|Shoshanah Luckie|Elizabeth W|Scott Davis|Elayine (McCallum) Julian
Colony of New South Wales
members who have an interest in The Colony_of_New_South_Wales
David Urquhart|Danny Stapleton|Lindsay Nash|Kaitlyn Emmett (also interested in Norfolk Island)|Elsie Gorman also Australia, Gorman Name Study|Jason Rennie
Colony of Van Diemen's Land
members who have an interest in Van Diemen's Land (1825-1856)
John Andrewartha|Neil Croll
Swan River Colony
members who have an interest in The Swan River Colony
John Andrewartha
Colony of Queensland
members who have an interest in The Colony_of_Queensland
David Urquhart
Colony of South Australia
members who have an interest in The Colony of South Australia
Joanne Egan|Rhys Fogarty|Danny Stapleton|Alan Salt
Colony of Victoria
members who have an interest in The Colony of Victoria
Leslie Cooper|Jason Rennie
Colony of Western Australia
members who have an interest in The Colony of Western Australia
John Andrewartha
Colony of Tasmania
members who have an interest in Colony of Tasmania
John Andrewartha|Neil Croll


  • The Born in the Colony Project Guidelines help Wikitreers to understand any preferred actions to be taken on profiles that fall under this topic. This includes, project boxes, stickers and categories.

How to get involved

Will you join me? Please post a comment on this page, or add your name to this list with the task you would like to do. Interested in any particular colony? Feel free to take that on. Our Colony, State and Territory teams will also help with this project.

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I would like to help by creating profiles for all those 'Born in the Colony' and their convict or immigrant parents. adding profile stickers to relevant profiles. Connecting up each of the families to the 'One World WikiTree'. Improving existing profiles. I have several branches of pre federation ancestors from Tasmania and Victoria.


I'd love to help by adding people to the Tasmanian colonies, as I have lots of family members that can be added. Then can continue to add others.

Just having trouble locating the stickers for each colony (it's probably right in front of my face)

Wiki ID: Page-3560

posted by Anna Page
of course, as soon as I posted, I found them!!


posted by Anna Page
Hi Veronica,

At this stage I have an interest in the Colony of Van Diemen's Land, particularly from the point of view of cemeteries in the southern part of Tasmania. I'm also able to access the State Library of Tasmania for records that are not in digital form. I'm also interested in the Colony of Victoria, especially in and around Melbourne and in the East Gippsland region.

posted by Neil Croll
Hi Veronica

Not sure how much I will be able to help, but have an interest in the Colony of Queensland and the Colony of New South Wales

posted by Mary Ann (Shaw) Irvin
I would like to add my name for this task. I am volunteer Curator at Morpeth Museum and have been undertaking much research per requests. Many of the families relating to Morpeth have started here and journeyed to all parts of Australia. I'm willing to assist in any task.


posted by Marlene McMurray
A basic query - what is a CST Team that is mentioned under “members”?

And where do I find a list of the multitude of acronyms that are used and not explained anywhere in texts?

posted by Mary Ann (Shaw) Irvin
Sorry Mary for the delay in responding I must have missed your post when you made it! A CST team is a Colony, State and Territory Team. I have now updated the text to explain that so hopefully it's a bit clearer. Searching the Wikitree Help Index is the best was to find acronyms but it basically comes down to the author. Are you interested in joining the team?
I have 15 ancestors who qualify for this project - 13 born in the colony of South Australia (two with parents also born in SA), one in NSW of parents married in SA, and one in Van Diemen's Land to free-immigrant parents who later moved on to SA. Most of them had siblings who would also qualify.

Are there badges/stickers/categories I should add to their profiles to support this project yet?

It looks like I should create as many sibling profiles as I can (my Australian ancestors are all in Wikitree now).

posted by Scott Davis
I'm planning to work on creating and connecting profiles for South Australian births. Very piecemeal at present as I haven't found a browseable database of births, only surname searchable ones.
posted by Rhys Fogarty

This doesn't do it for you? Being born in South Aus, I forked out for membership so I could see full details.

posted by Alan Salt