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There are now over 170,000 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, Settlers, Convicts, Newcastle History and Law & Order

Information about the voyages of approximately 350 convict ships and the Surgeon Superintendents who accompanied them can be accessed via the Convict Ship Index and Convict Ship Surgeon Superintendent Index links

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Hunter Valley Settlers Index

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Settlers & Estates

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Convict Ship Index - Convict Ships, Surgeon's Journals and Links to Convicts who were sent to the Hunter Valley

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Convict Ship Surgeon Superintendent Index










First Fleet 1788 - The First Fleet consisted of two Royal Navy escort ships, HMS Sirius and HMS Supply  accompanied by six convict transports, the Alexander, Charlotte, Friendship, Lady Penrhyn, Prince of Wales and the Scarborough, and three store ships, the Borrowdale, Fishburn and Golden Grove.

Second Fleet 1790 - The Second Fleet consisted of six ships - the Guardian, Lady Juliana, Surprize, Neptune, Scarborough, and a supply ship the Justinian.

Third Fleet 1791 - The Third Fleet consisted of eleven ships - Mary Ann, Matilda, Atlantic, Salamander, William and Ann, Gorgon, Active, Queen, Albemarle, Britannia, Admiral Barrington



Colonial Events 1788 - 1844


1788 1789 1790 1791 1792 1793 1794 1795 1796
1797  1798 1799 1800 1801 1802 1803 1804 1805
1806 1807 1808 1809 1810 1811 1812 1813 1814
1815 1816 1817 1818 1819 1820 1821 1822  1823
1824 1825 1826 1827 1828 1829 1830 1831 1832
1833 1834 1835 1836 1837 1838 1839 1840 1841
      1842  1843 1844      

Follow the Irish Convict Ship Trail

Follow the Female Convict Ship Trail

Newcastle Female Factory | Parramatta Female Factory  | Female Convicts in the Hunter Valley

Scottish prisoners - Approximately three hundred female prisoners who had been convicted in Scotland arrived in New South Wales in the decade 1830 - 1840. Click on the image to the right on each page to find out more



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

Scourgers - NSW             

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

Political Prisoners to NSW

Reminiscences of Watt Street, Newcastle

Pirates - Newcastle 1825

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

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

Rev. Lancelot Threlkeld - at Newcastle in 1825

Corroborees - Hunter Street Newcastle  Maitland 

Female Convicts

Convict Ships to Norfolk Island:  Nautilus Augusta Jessie  Mangles  Maitland  Blundell  Agincourt  Hydrabad  David Malcolm  Mayda  China  John Calvin  Eliza 


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

Morpeth Links

Newcastle Gaol

City Baths - Newcastle

Voyage of the convict ship Guardian in 1789

Newcastle in 1831

Robert Dixon - Surveyor

Convict Ship Midas 1827

Map links - Hunter, Williams Paterson Rivers. N.L.A.

Cottage Creek - Bridge, Cemetery, Cottage

County Electors - Newcastle 1855

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

A List of Newcastle residents in 1841






WW 1 Links
National Archives of Australia - Service and Sacrifice,  records of service in Australian Defence Forces. Provides access to original records of service personnel   Australian War Memorial - Embarkation Rolls - Nominal Roll - Red Cross Files - wounded and missing
AIF Project - Australian Anzacs in the First World War   Hunter Valley Military History Group - Facebook
Commonwealth War Graves   World War 1 Soldiers and Nurses from the Hunter Valley
Remember Me - Lost Diggers of Vignacourt   First World War Official Histories
100 Years of Anzac - The Spirit Lives On - Department of Veteran's Affairs   In Their Honour
International Committee of the Red Cross - Prisoners of the First World War   The War Graves Photographic Project
Australian Imperial Force unit war diaries, 1914-18 War   Discovering Anzacs




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