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Andrew Gill, in his book Forced Labour for the West: Parkhurst convicts ‘apprenticed' in Western Australia 1842-1851, has listed all the Parkhurst boys who arrived in WA before the ‘official' convicts. Andrew has kindly allowed FHWA, via the Convict Special Interest Group, to publish details of these convicts here. This index of Parkhurst Boys has been supplied by Andrew - additional information may be found by clicking on the icon in the "More Info" column (not all boys have additional information). See Sources and Notes below the table. For TROVE search results for individuals (forename and surname incl.) - click on the Surname - Some names may give no results in Trove, others will need refining eg. putting inverted commas around the name in the Trove search box will improve the results.

NB: Due to recent Trove upgrades these links are not working in properly.Once in Trove select 'clear all' . Your selected surname is retained. Then Refine your results - Place: Western Australia, Category: Family Notices, and Date range: as required

Apprentice Number Surname Forename Age Offence Sentence Notes More Info
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416 Andrews Richard 13 Felony 7 years
904 Allcock John
823 Atherton Samuel 16 Stealing 5 pr. slippers 7 years
741 Bailey William
739 Baker John
901 Bathurst Frederick See Blackhurst, Frederick
612 Barker George 14 Stealing a shawl 7 years
410 Beale William 08 Larceny 7 years
838 Beard William
824 Bell Richard 15 Stealing 5 lbs. fat and previous conviction 7 years


Parkhurst Register (HO 24/15) and the bi-annual tabular returns of the Guardian of Government Juvenile Immigrants (CO 18/34-60).

Andrew Gill has published two books dealing with Parkhurst Boys in Western Australia, the second being: Convict assignment in Western Australia: the Parkhurst 'apprentices' 1842-1851 - Both of these books are available in the WAGS Library. A search of the WAGS Library Catalogue will provide additional detail.

Andrew Gill's books on the Parkhurst apprentices have much more information on the system, and most libraries have copies. They are available from Andrew; he can be contacted by email here >> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it <<


  • Ages in this table are taken from the Parkhurst Registers
  • Sentences show the number of years "Transportation" imposed by the courts
  • Additional information under the "More Info" column, has been sourced from the Parkhurst Registers and Newgate Registers in England, and the Guardian's Registers in WA.

See: TROVE for tagged items on Parkhurst Boys

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