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Series ID5653
Previous System LocationSRS5653
TitleChronological Register of Convicts at Moreton Bay
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Start Date 14/9/1824
End Date 15/11/1839
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Chronological register of convictions and alphabetical register of convicts at Moreton Bay Penal Settlement

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Items Total Items: 19
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System of Arrangement Chronological by date of ship's arrival with an alphabetical index by convict name, ship and page number in the front of the register; alphabetical listing by surname of convict personal details with A starting at the back of the register, upside down.
How To Use Series Access to the original volume is restricted for preservation purposes under the Public Records Act 2002, s.18(3)(a). Researchers may access the microfilm copy.
 
 

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2753Commandant's Office, Moreton Bay 14/9/1824 15/11/1839
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A copy of this register is located in the Public Search Room
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(1) J.B. Steele, Brisbane Town in Convict Days 1824 - 1842, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, p. 3
(2) Steele, pp. xxi, 7-15
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Description

This series consists of a chronological and alphabetical record of convicts (Crown prisoners) at Moreton Bay penal settlement. The register includes convicts' personal details, details of their convictions, as well as their departure from Moreton Bay (return to Sydney or Norfolk Island), discharge, or death. It was kept in compliance with Governor Brisbane's clear instructions of 1824 that a "chronological register... of all the convicts received at the settlement, with a number affixed to every name, and an alphabetical index at the reverse end of this record, is to be kept with exact care." (1)

The register is divided into two main sections: a chronological register of convicts by ship's arrival date, with an alphabetical index by convict name in the front of the register; and, starting from the back of the register, upside down, an alphabetical listing by surname of the convicts' personal details.

1). Details in the chronological register are arranged under two main headings on facing pages which have the same page number: Original Conviction and Colonial Conviction. Details of Original Convictions are entered under the sub-headings: No., Name, Ship, Where, When, Offence, Sentence, and Trade (that is, occupation). Details of Colonial Convictions are entered under the sub-headings: By whom, Where, When, Offence, Sentence and Remarks (usually entries such as To Sydney, died, absconded).

Pages 101 onwards are not numbered, and are headed: List of Prisoners in the Ordinary Service of the Crown at Moreton Bay October 21st, 1839. Details are entered under the sub-headings: No., Name, Ship, Trade, Sentence and Remarks. The names are not indexed.

2). Details in the alphabetical listing of personal details are entered under the headings: Name, Height, Native Place, Age, Complexion, Hair, Eyes and Religion.

NOTES: The date when the first entries were made in this register has not been established. The first 29 convicts in the chronological register are listed in alphabetical order, so they were probably entered at the same time. Steele argues that these 29 convicts were on the first ship to arrive at Moreton Bay, the "Amity", and were landed at Red Cliff Point on 14 September 1824 (2). Later entries in the register were made after a ship's arrival (for example, p. 7 onwards). (See also: Returns of manifests of cargo and passengers - with dates of ships' departures, SRS5651/1). The date of the arrival of the "Amity" has, therefore, been chosen as the start date for this series.

The date of the first "Original Conviction" is 21 November 1815; the date of the first "Colonial Conviction" is February 1824 (circa day). The date of last action in the register is 25 September 1842 (see p. 97).

An entry for 17 June 1836 states: "15 Female Prisoners by the brig Dart", but no names and details have been entered in the space provided. From this date, also, numbers are rarely entered, and there are fewer entries under Remarks.

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Queensland State Archives Series ID 5653, Chronological Register of Convicts at Moreton Bay
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