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About the Convict Group

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The aim of the Convict group is to conduct meetings for members of the Society who have a special interest in Convicts. Information on the convict system can be disseminated and members can gain a broader knowledge of the convict system and the records available for research.

Join the Convict Group

To join the Convict Group you must be a financial member of the Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc. or the Affiliated Organisations.

Our interests cover convicts sent to all states of Australia and the Parkhurst Prison boys.

Membership costs $10 per year. (1st April to 31st March)

Convict Links is published quarterly in March, June, September and December. Members are encouraged to submit articles on their research or items of interest.

Members' Interests. The group maintains a Database of convicts submitted by present and past members. (see below)

 Download our Application Form to join:

pdfConvict Group Application Form46.88 KB

Newsletter only

Interested persons may subscribe to the newsletter for an annual fee of $10 (April 1st to March 31st).

See above for the Application Form


For many years now the Convict Group has been involved in indexing projects.

Have a look at our: pdfWAGS Microfiche Catalogue138.36 KB  for details of the available items (under the Convict Records section).


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 15:12

Contacts & next meeting

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Convict Forum Link << WAGS Convict Forum

The group meets quarterly on the second Sunday of January, April, July and October at 1.30pm. Meeting place is WAGS, Unit 4/48 May Street, Bayswater.


Convenor:    Eva Smith

Email:             SIGS Contacts - Convenor - Convict SIG 

Next Meeting   Sunday  14th January at 1.30pm at WAGS.

To commemorate the 150 th Anniversary of the arrival of the final convict transport the "Houghoumont", we have a special talk from Bevan Carter and Joanne Hyland about the ship and its convicts.

Joanne will provide an overview on the Fenians from the Hougoumont and then focus on the story of Fenian exile James Kearney and family. Joanne is a historian, museum curator and genealogist with a passion for all things History. Her own family research led her to undertake history honours in Western Australian Convictism ten years ago and this is where she finds herself today; exploring the many fascinating stories that emanate from just 18 years of convict transportation to the Swan River Colony.

Bevan will be talking on several of the other criminals on the ship that were not fenians, including those men whose descendants have provided photos of their forbears. He is an accomplished speaker and has written several books on local and family history. He is a former WAGS President and volunteers at SLWA every month to help Family History researchers with their queries, specialising in the Convict problems.


Following the meeting, Afternoon Tea will be offered, with an opportunity to chat with other like minded members of the Convict Special Interest Group.

We hope you will be able to attend.

As there are other events planned during Januuary and February 2018 to mark this momentous occasion, we suggest you look at the WAGS  Events Calendar so as not to miss other SIG activities.

The Royal Western Australian Historical Society Inc. is also hosting special events during this time.

 Future Meeting/s - Have a look at:



WAGS Event Calendar



New on the Web:

Find My Past now has over 3 million crime and punishment records for England and Wales for years between 1770 and 1935.  You can find where criminals stood trial, what sentence they received and what their life was like in prison.  You can also find physical descriptions and my find photographs, if they were executed or transported and even read official correspondence about their case as well as petitions sent by the accused and their friends to have sentences reduced.

Extra categories of records are being added each week.

Simply go to http://www.findmypast.com.au/and click on Crime and Punishment.


Last Updated on Monday, 01 January 2018 17:51

Convict Research....

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Convict data in the Members Only Area

Home Office Criminal Records

HO19 Register of Criminal Petitions

Convict information sheets available from WAGS

 pdfResearch Checklist for Records held in WA (207.18 Kb)

 pdfDetails of Convict & Prison Records available under the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) (154.27 Kb)

 pdfConvict Ship Medical Journals (47.76 Kb)

Web Sites - we have a number of Convict sites in our: Genealogy Links page, select "Convict" in Category Column drop down list.

Research by the Convict Group

Convict Group members will carry out limited research on relevant books and convict microfiche indexes. Where applicable, photocopies of relevant material from microfilms will be supplied.

For all research enquires please contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Research Costs

Before any research is undertaken a $10 deposit, or full payment, and a mailing address are required.

Research Fees

WAGS Members, the research fee is $15
Non-members, the research fee is $25

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 11:21

Members' Interests CONVICTS

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Members' Interests of Current and Past members of the Convict Group are shown on the next page, click on Read more...   below.

If you wish to contact a Current member, researching the same convict, please email the Convenor. Your details will be passed onto that member.

Convicts researched by past members are also included in the Members' Interests.

Note: We no longer have contact details of past members; however the names only of these members can be given.

 For further detail please email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

WANTED - Convicts

Copies of photographs of WA Convicts
We are putting together a collection of photographs and histories of convicts transported to Western Australia.

If you have a photo of your convict ancestor and you are willing to share your treasure with others, please email the Convenor by clicking on the link at the top of this page. 

SIG Con stoddartfamily1  

 Joseph Ronald STODDART
 No. 4513
 Convicted of theft in Edinburgh, in 1857,
 and sentenced to 15 years.
 He arrived in Fremantle on
 1st January 1858 per convict ship Nile.

 (Photograph supplied by a descendant)



Last Updated on Friday, 15 September 2017 16:04


Convict Trials and Tribulations

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Convict Links

Articles from past editions of the Convict Links and other items of interest are available (in PDF format) on the Read More link below. Additional items will be made available from time to time, so be sure to check back to see what has been added.

Convict Links is the newsletter of the Convict Special Interest Group of the Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc.

Some of these articles now appear on our WAGS Tales pages, as below:

The Elegant Spade - Alexander Wilson (3769)

Finding our Convict - Charles Whitehurst (704)

See below for links to articles:-

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 13:23


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