Search tips for the convict database

The convict transportation registers database is searchable in One Search, our catalogue. You can search by:

  • convict name
  • ship name
  • year of arrival
  • any combination of the above

You can limit your search in One Search to the SLQ Family History Indexes to get more specific results. More information. There are also options to further refine your search results.

A search box is also available on each "Convict transportation registers" page.

Enter your search terms into the search box and select the Go button.

When you do a search, a new browser window will open and you will automatically link to the convicts database in One Search.

Search using wildcard characters

Using wildcard characters can be useful if you are uncertain of the spelling of a name or ship.

You can include the following wildcard characters in your searches:

? - To perform a single character wildcard search.

For example, do?se will find surnames Dowse and Douse

* - To perform a multiple character wildcard search.

For example, gr*m will find surnames such as Greetham and Gruntham

Search by name

Names can be searched for in two ways: First name then Last name or Last Name then First name.

Given names have sometimes been officially recorded in the registers in their abbreviated forms. For example, the names Robert, William and John may appear in the registers as Robt., Wm. and Jn. If you are having no success with the full form of the name, try the abbreviated versions.

Your feedback and stories

We welcome your feedback on the Convict Transportation Registers database and the stories of your convict ancestors. Please add your comments in One Search convict records.

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