Between 1787 and 1812, 88 ships sailed for Australia carrying convicts sentenced to transportation. Even though many different lists of transported convicts have survived, few actually identify all those who embarked, sailed, died, escaped, or disembarked in Australia.
So how do researchers know who actually came to Australia? And if different lists contain different trial or personal details or even ship of arrival for a transportee, how do researchers know which is more likely to be accurate?
This Part 2 volume covering the time period 1801-1812 is a continuation of the earlier volume which covered ships up to 1800, and gives a ship-by-ship analysis of the surviving transportation lists as well as her conclusions regarding the preparation of the lists and the likely number of transportees on each vessel.
Author: C. Baxter