This work opens with eight chapters of the convict system. Its most valuable resource, however, is the appendices, listing the names, ship of transportation, trial and conviction, sentence, release, occupation and crime, for those 3700 convicts who were in the Port Phillip settlement before 1850. Their names are listed alphabetically by district.
Most convicts (111 pages in the largest appendix) were exiles to Port Phillip; the others were at the settlements at Port Phillip (63 pages), Sorrento (24 pages) and Western Port (4 pages); those convicted in the Supreme Court of the district are listed also (25 pages).
There are copious illustrations, engravings and maps to supplement the text, together with a list of references, including Home Office files, and a bibliography. The work is of particular interest to genealogists and family historians.
Author: Keith Clarke
Type: Paperback 370 pages