[Convicts from Newgate prison to be sent to New South Wales] [22 August 1802]

[Editor: A brief news item which mentions convicts bound for New South Wales. Published in E. Johnson’s British Gazette, and Sunday Monitor, 22 August 1802.] [Convicts from Newgate prison to be sent to New South Wales] Last week thirty female transports were removed in coaches from Newgate to Chatham, and from thence sent on board […]

[Convicts did not want to be transported to Australia] [6-9 December 1788]

[Editor: A news item mentions that British convicts did not want to be transported to Australia, and preferred to be transported to Canada instead. Published in The St. James’s Chronicle, 6-9 December 1788.] [Convicts did not want to be transported to Australia] Saturday two large Ships were contracted for by Government, which are ordered to […]

[The London Gazette: Advertisement for tenders for the transportation of convicts to New South Wales] [15-19 March 1791]

[Editor: An advertisement for tenders for the transportation of convicts to New South Wales. Published in The London Gazette, 15-19 March 1791.] Navy-Office, March 18, 1791. The Principal Officers and Commissioners of His Majesty’s Navy do hereby give Notice, That on Wednesday the 23d Instant, at One o’Clock, they will be ready to receive Proposals […]

On Tasmania’s Receiving the Writ of Freedom [poem by Caroline Leakey, 1854]

[Editor: A poem by Caroline Leakey, written in celebration of the end of the transportation of convicts to Tasmania in 1853.] On Tasmania’s Receiving the Writ of Freedom. Fair virgin of the South, we call on thee ; Receive with smiling courtesy the writ Which bids thee now from childhood’s thrall be free ; Thy […]

Young Henry the Poacher [song, 1800s]

[Editor: A song, “Young Henry the Poacher”, also known as “Henry’s Downfall”, which was originally printed as a broadside ballad.] Young Henry the Poacher Come all you wild and wicked youths wherever you may be, I pray you give attention and listen unto me, The fate of us poor transports as you shall understand, The […]