This series consists of monthly returns of prisoners and their employment at Moreton Bay penal settlement. These returns were kept in compliance with Governor Brisbane's instructions of 1824, and regulation 26.5 of 1829. (1)
Under the general heading: "Monthly return of prisoners maintained by government at Moreton Bay", from the first to the last day of the month, and year, there are columns listing 38 trades (for example, Clerks, Constables, Overseers, Blacksmiths, Carpenters, Saddlers, Cooks, Labourers, etc.). On the left-hand side of these columns are various headings including: "Total number as per last return"; "Received as per particulars annexed"; "Discharged, Died or Run as per particulars annexed"; with Totals for each trade and overall. The totals for each trade and overall totals are then included for those assigned to particular departments such as Agricultural Department, Superintendent of Works Department, Medical Department etc. Further totals for particulars such as Volunteers, Under Original Sentence, and Under Colonial Sentence are also included. The highest overall total recorded is 1020 for September 1831 and the lowest is 316 for February 1837.
On the facing page of each return are details of "the particulars annexed" for that month. These appear under two headings: Particulars of Prisoners Received, and Particulars of Prisoners Died, Discharged or Run (or Absconded).
Under "Prisoners Received", details are included under the sub-headings: No., Name, Ship, Trade, and Remarks (frequently absconding). Under " Prisoners Discharged" etc., details are included under the sub-headings: No. Name, Trade, Remarks (such as died, absconded, sentence).
The returns were signed by Commandant Clunie from 31 October1830 - 30 September 1835. Other signatures are not as legible.
This volume contains six series of returns. Some of these series begin at the back of the book, upside down. At an unknown time, page numbers, starting from the back of the book, have been added in pencil. These prisoners' returns are on pages 2- 187.