Free Settler or Felon is an on-going project. Use the Search Box to find references to people and places in Newcastle
and the Hunter Valley.
Search by First Name, Surname, Ship or all three.
Resources used to create database
and Hints and Tips
For more information about Doctors, Ministers, Soldiers or Police, enter their title in the First Name search field, eg. Rev - Dr- Constable- Major - Captain- Corporal etc.
Areas covered include: Maitland, Dungog, Wollombi, Scone, Newcastle, Brisbane Water, Raymond Terrace, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Murrurundi, Merton, Paterson, Lake Macquarie, Lochinvar, Jerry's Plains, Morpeth, Cassilis, Hinton, Clarencetown, Black Creek, Port Stephens, Hexham, Sugar loaf and many more.
Other pages give details of Bushrangers, Convicts
, Coal Miners
, Medical Practitioners
, Military Officers
, Law and Order
in the Hunter Valley.
Information about many of the Convict Ships
arriving in New South Wales, Norfolk Island, Van Diemen's Land and Fremantle between the years 1788 and 1862 can be found here
. The men who served as Surgeons on Convict Ships
are on separate pages.
More about Female Convicts many of whom were sent to the Hunter Valley district can be found here
Browse the Links page
to find Journals, Diaries and Reminiscences of life in colonial New South Wales or find the latest Australian History News here
Voyage Of The First Fleet
THE FIRST FLEET departed England bound for Botany Bay on 14 May 1787.
Each ship entry on the map above has been compiled from First Fleet Journals. The writers all contribute different perspectives of the voyage depending on their status in life.
Find out more about the voyage of the First Fleet here
Members of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori communities are advised that this site contains names and images of deceased people.