Convict Queenslanders

Queensland's history contains many well-respected settlers from all walks of life. They are members of government, doctors, landowners, newspaper editors and more. Discover some of Queensland's pioneers who first came to Australia as convicts.

Thomas Dowse 1809-1885

Convicted on 16 September 1824 in Middlesex, and sentenced to transportation for life.

William Henry Groom 1833-1901

Convicted on 26 October 1846 in Devon, and sentenced to seven years transportation.

James Josey 1821-1903

Convicted on 22 February 1840 in Berkshire, and sentenced to fifteen years transportation.

James Davis "Durramboi" 1808-1889

Convicted on 19 July 1824 in Surrey, and sentenced to transportation for life.

Kevin Izod O'Doherty 1823-1905

Convicted in August 1848 in Ireland, and sentenced to ten years transportation.

John Flood 1832-1909

Convicted on 21 May 1867 in Ireland, and sentenced to fifteen years transportation.

Patrick O'Sullivan 1818-1904

Convicted on 2 January 1838 in Kent, and sentenced to fifteen years transportation.

Hannah Rigby c.1794-1853

Convicted on 2 October 1821 in Lancashire, and sentenced to seven years transportation.

Edward Mott 1807-1900

Convicted on 18 January 1828 in Gloucestershire, and sentenced to seven years transportation.

William Charles Wilkes c.1816-1873

Convicted on 14 February 1833 in Middlesex, and sentenced to transportation for life.

Further information

The information relating to these famous Queenslanders' convictions comes, in part, from the British convict transportation registers 1787-1879. Compiled from the British Home Office (HO) records. You can search for over 123 000 of the estimated 160 000 convicts transported to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries - names, term of years, transport ships and more.