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There are now over 175,000 references to Convicts, Settlers, Townsfolk, Bushrangers, Innkeepers, Soldiers and Land Owners, Medical Practitioners and Magistrates.  Use the Search facility to search by First Name, Last Name, Ship or all three. Or select from the links below to find out more about Colonial History, Hunter Valley Settlers, Convicts, Newcastle History and Law & Order.


Information about the voyages of approximately 400 convict ships and the Surgeons who accompanied them can be accessed via the Convict Ships Index and Convict Ship Surgeons Index Links

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Bushranger Index   Hunter Valley Medical Practitioners
Colonial Events   Hunter Valley Settlers Index
Colonial History   Hunter Valley Steamers
Convicts Links   Immigrants to Hunter Valley
Convict Ships Index Lake Macquarie Links
Convict Ship Captain Index   Law & Order
Convict Ship Surgeon Superintendents   Maitland History Links
Hunter Valley History Links   Newcastle History Links
Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels Sources


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Links to other pages on the Free Settler or Felon site

Adamstown - A brief history - School principals 1877 - 1974 - school photographs - Methodist Primitive church - Ellis Cup winners - Rosebuds

A List of Newcastle residents in 1841

Allan Cunningham

Apothecaries in Maitland in the 1840's - William Lipscomb, Charles Vavasour Earle, William Mutlow and William Townley Pinhey

Australian Agricultural Company

'A Visit to my daughter' - Dr. Parmeter 1835


Beyond the Sea Brian Ahearn, descendant of convict Murtagh Ahern, is author of ‘Beyond the Sea’ the life and times of Murtagh Ahern and the log of the convict ship ‘Atlas’. My thanks to Brian Ahearn for providing Selected extracts from Journey into Hell Chapter 11 of 'Beyond the Sea' NEW

Bold Jack Donohue - Bushranger

Botany Bay Hero

Captain Logan's Journal

Charles Picknell's on board diary on the convict ship Kains in 1831

Claims to Leases of Crown Lands Beyond the Settled District   -  New England 1848

Coal Miners in Newcastle 1858  Transactions of the North of England Institute of Mining Engineers Vol VI, 1858 ,'On the Coalfield of New South Wales' by Henry T. Plews

Colonial Entertainment

Colonial Events 1788 - 1844

Colonial Medical Practitioners - Newcastle & Hunter Valley

Convict Assignment and Punishment at Newcastle - Government Orders - 1813

Convict Ship Index

Convicts Ships to New South Wales 183 5

Convict Ship Surgeon Superintendents

Cottage Creek - Bridge, Cemetery, Cottage (Newcastle)

County Electors - Newcastle 1855

Currency Lads and Lasses  Two Years in New South Wales: A Series of Letters, Comprising Sketches of ... By Peter Miller Cunningham

Discovery of Lake Macquarie in 1800

Early Bushrangers - 1800 - 1820

Early convict coal Miners in Newcastle - 1801

Early Harbour Masters - Newcastle

Edward Denny Day - Magistrate

Emigrants from England, Ireland and Scotland to Hunter Valley 1830s & 1840s

Eraring History

Executions at Newcastle and the Hunter Valley

Expedition to the Hunter River in 1801

Female Convicts

Female Factory at Parramatta

Female Factory at Newcastle

First Fleet 1788

Follow the Female Convict Ship Trail

Follow the Irish Convict Ship Trail

FRANK THE POET' arrived on the Eliza convict ship in HERE to find out what happened to him in the following years

Friedrich Gerstäcker  Traveller

Governor Macquarie's Tour of Newcastle Settlement in 1812

Islands in the lower Hunter River included Moscheto Island, Dempsey Island, Spit Island, Spectacle Island, Bullock Island and Ash Island

James Hardy Vaux at Newcastle - 1811

John Bingle's excursion to Lake Macquarie in 1822


Journal of Rev. Christopher Eipper

Lake Macquarie Early Residents - William Brooks | Lieutenant Jonathon Warner | John H. Boughton | James St. John Ranclaud | Rev. Threlkeld | Walter Rotton | Percy Simpson | Richard Cape | George Chivers | Alfred Holden | James Arndell.

Law & Order - Police Force in the Hunter Valley prior to 1862

Lieutenant Purcell and Coal River (Newcastle)     Colonial Events 1810

Links to Biographies from Memoirs of Hydrography

Lord Melville 1817 - Select here to read an interesting account of the voyage of the Lord Melville written by descendant Brian Wills-Johnson.

Maitland Gaol  

Maitland Hospital

Map Links Links to some of the Hunter, Paterson and Williams River Maps listed in the Catalogue at the National Library of Australia.

Mary Bryant - Escape from the colony in 1791

Men of the Time is part 1 of the Australian Dictionary of Dates and Men of the Time. It is a listing of biographies of men of note with connections to Australia, providing details such as full name, date and place of birth and history of their occupations. Index to Men of the Time

Moreton Bay 1824

Morpeth Links

Murrurundi History

Muswellbrook History

Newcastle Gaol

Newcastle in 1822 - A list of buildings in Newcastle in 1822

Norah Head NSW


Placenames in Newcastle Lake Macquarie & Hunter Valley   NEW

Political Prisoners to NSW

Probable Usefulness  (An account of the Connor Family from Ireland to Australia by Sister Rita King)

Publicans in Newcastle in 1828

Reminiscences of Watt Street, Newcastle

Report of the Commissioner of the Inquiry on the State of the Colony of New South Wales {Extracts Relating to Transportation, Disembarkation & Servitude}

Rev Edward Griffith - Two Chapters from 'Memorials of Rev. Edward Griffith' written by his daughter Mary

Rev. Thelkeld - Missionary

Robert Dixon - Surveyor

Rockhampton South Cemetery History

Scourgers - New South Wales

Sea Bathing at Newcastle

Sea Grave    Early Harbour Masters at Newcastle

Signal Staff at Newcastle 1858

Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell's Expedition in November 1831

Surgery & use of Ether in Port Stephens

Tamworth History Links

United States Exploring Expedition to Lake Macquarie in 1839

William Grant Broughton's  ship board diary on the convict ship John in 1829

William Harrison Craig - Convict Artist

Wollombi History Links

19th Century Medical Terms

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