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H.M.S. Buffalo c. 1836. State Library South Australia

Select from the Convict Ship Links below to find information about Convict Ships arriving in New South Wales, Norfolk Island and Van Diemen's Land between the years 1788 and 1850. Some of the information is adapted from Charles Bateson's The Convict Ships, Surgeons at Sea online at the National Archives, Surgeon's Journals available at Ancestry and various contemporary newspapers and journals.

Ships departed from Ports in England and Ireland unless otherwise stated
(P) - Ships bringing Political Prisoners
(F) Ships bringing female convicts
(I) Ships departing from Ireland


Irish Convict Ship Trail   Female Convict Ship Trail    Female Convicts  


Convict Ships to Norfolk Island

Nautilus    Augusta Jessie   Mangles   Maitland   Blundell   Agincourt    Hydrabad   David Malcolm   Mayda    China   John Calvin   Eliza 


First Fleet

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

Conditions on Convict Ships    Commissioners' Inquiry on the State of  NSW - Extracts Relating to Transportation, Disembarkation & Servitude

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A

Aboukir 1852 VDL; Exiles
Active 1791 NSW
Adamant 1821 NSW
Adelaide 1849 NSW: Exiles (P)
Admiral Barrington 1791
Admiral Gambier 1808
Admiral Gambier 1811
Adrian 1830 NSW
Aeolus 1809 NSW (F)
Agamemnon 1820 NSW
Agincourt 1844 NI
Albemarle 1791 NSW (F)
Albion 1823 VDL
Albion 1827 NSW
Albion 1828 NSW
Alexander 1788 NSW
Alexander 1806 NSW (F)
Alexander 1816 NSW (F)(I)
Almorah 1817 NSW
Almorah 1820 NSW(I)
Almorah 1824 NSW (F) (I)
America 1829 NSW
Andromeda 1830 NSW (I)
Andromeda 1833 NSW
Andromeda 1834 NSW (I) (F)
Ann & Amelia 1825 NSW (I) (P)
Anne 1801 NSW (I) (F) (P)
Anne 1810 NSW
Archduke Charles ; NSW (I) (F)
Asia 1820 ; NSW
Asia 1822 NSW
Asia 1824 VDL
Asia (I) 1825 NSW (I)
Asia (III) 1825 NSW
Asia 1828 NSW
Asia 1830 NSW (I) (F)
Asia 1831 NSW
Asia 1832 NSW
Asia 1833 NSW
Asia 1837 NSW
Atlantic 1791 NSW
Atlas (I) 1802 NSW (I)
Atlas (2)1802 NSW (I)
Atlas 1816 NSW
Atlas 1819 NSW
Augusta Jessie 1840 (I) NI
Aurora 1833 NSW


B

Backwell 1835 NSW (I)
Bangalore 1850 QLD: Exiles
Bardaster 1836 VDL
Baring 1815; NSW
Baring 1819; NSW
Barossa 1839 NSW
Barwell 1798; NSW
Batavia 1818 NSW
Bellona 1793 NSW
Bencoolen 1819 NSW
Bengal Merchant 1835 NSW
Bengal Merchant 1836 ;NSW
Bengal Merchant 1838 NSW
Blenheim 1834 NSW (I)
Blenheim 1839 NSW (I)
Blundell 1844; Norfolk Island
Boddingtons 1893; NSW (I) (F) (P)
Borodino 1828 NSW (I) (P)
Boyd 1809 NSW (I)
Boyne 1826 (NSW (I) (P)
Brampton 1823; NSW (I) (P)
Britannia 1791 NSW
Britannia 1797 NSW (I) (F) (P)
Britannia 1798 NSW (F)
Britannia 1814 (Bengal) NSW
Brothers 1824 NSW (F)
Brothers 1827(I); NSW (I) (F)
Broxbornebury 1814 NSW (F)
Buffalo 1833 NSW (F)
Buffalo 1837 (Adelaide); NSW
Buffalo 1840 (Quebec); VDL; NSW (P)
Burrell 1830 NSW
Burrell 1832 NSW (F)
Bussorah Merchant 1828; NSW
Bussorah Merchant 1831; NSW (I)



C

Calcutta 1803 NSW
Calcutta 1837 NSW
Calder 1822 (Calcutta); VDL
Caledonia 1820 VDL
Caledonia 1822 VDL
Caledonia 1838 (Madras) NSW
Calista 1828 VDL to NSW
Cambridge 1827 NSW (I)
Camden 1831; NSW
Camden 1833 NSW
Canada 1801 NSW
Canada 1810; NSW (F)
Canada 1815 NSW (I) (P)
Canada 1817 NSW (I) (F)
Canada 1819 NSW
Canton 1840 VDL (P)
Captain Cook 1832 NSW (I)
Captain Cook 1833 NSW
Captain Cook 1836 NSW (I)
Caroline/ Calista 1828 (East Indies)VDL
Caroline 1831 (Madras); VDL: NSW
Caroline 1833; NSW (I) (F)
Castle Forbes 1820; VDL (I)
Castle Forbes 1824; NSW (P)
Catherine 1814 NSW (F)
Cawdry 1826 (Calcutta) NSW
Champion 1827 NSW
Chapman 1817 NSW (I)
Charles Kerr 1837 NSW
Charlotte 1788 NSW (F)
China 1846 Norfolk Island
City of Edinburgh 1828 NSW (I) (F)
City of Edinburgh 1832 NSW (I) (P)
Claudine 1829 NSW
Clorinda 1835 (Mauritius) NSW
Clyde 1830 VDL
Clyde 1832 NSW
Clyde 1838 NSW (I) (P)
Competitor 1823 VDL
Competitor 1828 NSW (F)
Constant 1843 VDL
Coromandel 1802 NSW
Coromandel 1804 NSW
Coromandel 1820 VDL; NSW
Countess of Harcourt 1821 VDL
Countess of Harcourt 1822 NSW (I)
Countess of Harcourt 1824 NSW
Countess of Harcourt 1827 NSW (I)
Countess of Harcourt 1828 NSW



D

Daphne 1819 NSW (I)
Dart 1834(Mauritius) NSW (F)
David Malcolm 1845 Norfolk Island
Diamond 1838; NSW (I) (F)
Diana 1833 NSW (F)
Dick 1821 NSW
Dorothy 1820 NSW (I) (P)
Dromedary 1820 VDL; NSW
Duchess of York 1807
Duke of Portland 1807 NSW (P)
Dunvegan Castle 1830 NSW
Dunvegan Castle 1832 NSW (I) (P)


E

Eagle 1811 (Calcutta) NSW
Earl Cornwallis 1801 NSW (F)
Earl Grey 1836 NSW (I)
Earl Grey 1838 NSW
Earl of Liverpool 1831 NSW (F)
Earl Spencer 1813 NSW
Earl St. Vincent 1818 (I)
Earl St. Vincent 1820 NSW
Earl St. Vincent 1823 NSW (I)
Eden 1836 VDL; NSW
Eden 1840 NSW
Edward 1829 NSW (I) (F)
Edward 1831 NSW (I)
Eleanor 1831 NSW (P)
Eliza 1 1820 NSW
Eliza 1 1822 NSW
Eliza 2 1827 NSW (I)
Eliza 3 1828 NSW
Eliza 2 1829 NSW (I)
Eliza 2 1832 NSW (I)
Eliza 1850 Norfolk Is.
Elizabeth 1816 NSW
Elizabeth 1818 NSW (I) (F)
Elizabeth 1820 NSW
Elizabeth 1828 (I) (F)
Elizabeth 1836 (F)
Elphinstone 1838 NSW (I)
Emma Eugenia 1838 NSW
England 1826 NSW
England 1835 NSW
Exmouth 1831 NSW
Experiment 1804 NSW (F)
Experiment 1809 NSW (I) (F)


F

Fairlie 1834 NSW
Fame 1817 NSW
Fanny 1816 NSW (F)
Fanny 1833 NSW (F)
Ferguson 1829 NSW (I)
Florentia 1828 NSW
Florentia 1830 NSW
Forth (I) 1830 NSW (I)
Forth (II) 1830 NSW (I) (F)
Forth 1835 NSW (I)
Fortune 1806 NSW
Fortune 1813NSW>
Francis & Eliza 1815 NSW (I) (F)
Frederick 1815(Calcutta) NSW
Frederick 1817(Calcutta) VDL
Friends 1811 NSW (F)
Friendship 1788 NSW (F)
Friendship 1800 NSW (I) (P)
Friendship 1818 NSW (F)


G

Gaillardon 1838 (Calcutta) NSW
Gaillardon 1839 (Calcutta) NSW
Ganges 1797 NSW
General Hewitt 1814 NSW
General Stewart 1818 NSW
George Hibbert 1834 NSW (F)
Georgiana 1829 VDL
Georgiana 1831 NSW
Gilbert Henderson 1840 VDL (F)
Glatton 1803 NSW (F)
Globe 1819 NSW
Glory 1818 NSW
Gorgon 1791 NSW
Governor Ready 1829 NSW (I)
Grenada 1819 NSW
Grenada 1821 NSW
Grenada 1825 NSW (F)
Grenada 1827 NSW (F)
Greyhound 1818 (Calcutta) NSW
Greyhound 1819 VDL; NSW
Guardian 1790 Wrecked
Guide 1818
Guildford 1812 NSW
Guildford 1816 NSW (I) (P)
Guildford 1818 NSW (I) (P)
Guildford 1820 NSW (P)
Guildford 1822 NSW
Guildford 1824 NSW
Guildford 1827 NSW
Guildford 1829 NSW (I) (P)


H

Hadlow 1818 NSW
Hadlow 1820 NSW (I)
Harmony 1827 NSW (F)
Hashemy 1849 NSW: Exiles
Havering 1849 NSW: Exiles (I)
Hebe 1820 NSW
Heber 1837 NSW (I)
Henry 1823 NSW
Henry 1825 NSW (F)
Henry Porcher 1825 NSW (I)
Henry Porcher 1835 NSW
Henry Tanner 1834 NSW
Henry Wellesley 1836 (NSW (F)
Henry Wellesley 1837 (F)
Hercules 1802 NSW (I) (F)
Hercules 1825 NSW
Hercules 1830 NSW (I)
Hercules 1832 NSW
Hero 1835 (NSW (I)
Heroine 1833 NSW
Hibernia 1819 NSW
Hillsborough 1799 NSW
Hindostan 1809 NSW
Hindostan 1821 NSW
Hive 1834 NSW
Hive 1835 NSW (I)
Hooghley 1825 NSW (I)
Hooghley 1828 NSW
Hooghley 1831 NSW (I) (F)
Hooghley 1834 NSW
Hunter 1810 NSW
Hydrabad 1845 Norfolk Island


I

Indefatigable 1812 VDL
Indefatigable 1815 NSW
Indian 1810 NSW
Indispensable 1796 NSW (F)
Indispensable 1809 NSW (F)
Integrity 1837 (Mauritius) VDL: NSW
Isabella 1818 NSW
Isabella 1822 NSW (I)
Isabella 1823 NSW (I)
Isabella 1832 NSW
Isabella 1840 NSW (F)


J

James Laing 1834 NSW (I) (P)
James Pattison 1830 NSW (I)
James Pattison 1837 NSW
Jane 1831 NSW (I)
Janus 1820 NSW (I) (F)
Java 1833 NSW (I) (P)
John 1827 NSW
John 1829 NSW
John 1832 NSW (P)
John 1837 NSW
John Barry 1819 NSW
John Barry 1821 NSW (I)
John Barry 1836 NSW
John Barry 1839 NSW
John Bull 1821 NSW (I) (F)
John Calvin 1846 Norfolk Is.
John Renwick 1838 NSW (F)
Juliana 1820 VDL


K


Kains 1831 NSW (F)
Katherine Stewart Forbes 1830 NSW
King William 1840 NSW (I)
Kitty 1792; NSW (F)


L

Lady CastlereaghNSW VDL
Lady Feversham 1830NSW
Lady Harewood 1831NSW
Lady Harewood 1832 NSW
Lady Juliana 1790; NSW (F)
Lady Kennaway 1835VDL
Lady Kennaway 1836;NSW
Lady McNaughten 35;NSW (I)
Lady Nugent 1835 NSW
Lady Penrhyn 1788 ;NSW (F)
Lady Ridley 1821 VDL
Lady Rowena 1826 NSW (I) (F)
Lady Shore 1797 Mutiny (F)
Larkins 1817 NSW
Larkins 1829 NSW (I)
Layton 1829 NSW
Lloyds 1833 NSW
Lloyds 1837 NSW
Lonach 1825 NSW (I)
Lord Eldon 1817 NSW
Lord Lyndoch 1833 NSW
Lord Lyndoch 1838 NSW
Lord Melville 1817 NSW (F)
Lord Melville 1818 VDL
Lord Melville 1829 NSW
Lord Melville 1830 NSW
Lord Sidmouth 1819 NSW
Lord Sidmouth 1821 NSW (I)
Lord Sidmouth 23 VDL NSW(F)
Lord Wellington 20 NSW(I)(F)
Louisa 1827 NSW (F)
Lucy Davidson 1829 NSW(F)



M

Maitland 1840 NSW
Maitland 1844 Norfolk Island
Malabar 1819 NSW
Mangles 1820 NSW
Mangles 1822 NSW (I) (P)
Mangles 1824 NSW
Mangles 1826 NSW (I) (P)
Mangles 1828 NSW (I)
Mangles 1833 NSW
Mangles 1837 NSW
Mangles 1840 NSW
Manlius 1827; NSW
Margaret 1837
NSW (I) (F)
Margaret 1839 NSW (I) (F)
Margaret 1840 NSW (I) (F)
Maria 1818 NSW (F)
Maria 1820 VDL
Mariner 1816 NSW
Mariner 1825 NSW (I) (F)
Mariner 1827 NSW (I)
Marquis Cornwallis 1796NSW (I)(F) (P)
Marquis of Hastings 1826 NSW
Marquis of Hastings 1827 NSW
Marquis of Hastings 1828 NSW
Marquis of Huntley 1826 NSW
Marquis of Huntley 1828 NSW (I)
Marquis of Huntley 1830 NSW
Marquis of Huntley 1835 NSW
Marquis of Lansdown 1827 (Calcutta) VDL
Marquis of Wellington 1815 NSW
Martha 1818 NSW (I)
Mary 1819 NSW (I)
Mary 1822 NSW
Mary 1823 VDL;NSW (F)
Mary 1833 NSW
Mary 1835 NSW (F)
Mary 1836 (Calcutta) NSW
Mary Anne 1791 NSW (F)
Mary Anne 1816 NSW (F)
Mary Anne 1822 NSW (F)
Mary Ann 1835 NSW
Mary Ann 1839 NSW (F)
Matilda 1791 NSW
Mayda 1846 Norfolk Island
Medina 1823 NSW (I) (P)
Medway 1821 VDL
Medway 1825 VDL
Mellish 1829 NSW
Mermaid 1830 NSW
Merope 1834 Calcutta VDL
Midas 1825 NSW (F)
Midas 1827 NSW
Middlesex 1840 NSW (I)
Minerva 1800 NSW (I) (F) (P)
Minerva 1818 NSW (I)
Minerva 1819 NSW (I)
Minerva 1821 NSW
Minerva 1824 NSW
Minerva 1839 NSW(I)(F)
Minorca 1801 NSW (P)
Minstrel 1812 NSW (F)
Minstrel 1825 NSW
Moffatt 1836 NSW
Moffatt 1838 VDL
Morley 1817 NSW
Morley 1818 NSW
Morley 1820NSW (F)
Morley 1823 VDL
Morley 1828 NSW (I)
Morley 1829 NSW
Mount Stewart Elphinstone 1849 Moreton Bay (I)



N

Nautilus 1840 NSW Norfolk Island (I)
Neptune 1790 NSW (F)
Neptune 1818 NSW
Neptune 1820 NSW
Neptune 1838 NSW
Neptune 1838 VDL
Neva 1833 ; NSW
Neva 1835 (I) (F) (Wrecked)
Nile 1801 NSW (F)
Nithsdale 1830 NSW
Norfolk 1825 NSW
Norfolk 1829 NSW
Norfolk 1832 NSW (I)
Norfolk 1837 NSW
Northampton 1815 NSW (F)
Numa 1834 NSW (F)


O

Ocean 1816 NSW
Ocean 1818 NSW
Ocean 1823 NSW


P

Palambam 1831 NSW (I) (F)
Parkfield 1839 NSW
Parmelia 1832 NSW
Parmelia 1834 NSW (I)
Patriot 1838 (Madras) NSW
Pekoe 1840 NSW
Perseus 1802 NSW
Pestonjee Bomanjee 1847 VDL
Pestonjee Bomanjee 1852 (VDL)
Phoenix 1822 VDL
Phoenix 1826 NSW (I)
Phoenix 1828 NSW
Pilot 1817 NSW (I)
Pitt 1792 NSW (F)
Planter 1832 NSW
Planter 1839 NSW (F)
Porpoise 1800
Portland 1832 NSW
Portland 1833 NSW (I)
Portsea 1838 NSW
Prince George 1837 NSW
Prince of Orange 1821 NSW
Prince of Wales 1788 NSW
Prince Regent 1820 NSW
Prince Regent (II) 1821 NSW (I)
Prince Regent 1824 NSW (I) (P)
Prince Regent 1827 NSW
Princess Charlotte 1827 ; NSW (F)
Princess Royal 1823 NSW
Princess Royal 1829 NSW (F)
Princess Victoria 1834 (Calcutta) NSW
Providence 1811 NSW (I) (F)
Providence 1822 NSW (F)
Providence 1826 VDL
Pyramus 1832 NSW (F)
Pyramus 1836 NSW (I) (F)


Q

Queen 1791 NSW (I) (F) (P) NSW Corps



R

Randolph 1849 NSW; 11th regt. Exiles
Recovery 1819 NSW
Recovery 1823 NSW (I)
Recovery 1836 NSW
Regalia 1826 NSW (I)
Regia 1838 (Mauritius) NSW
Reliance 1829 (Calcutta) NSW
Research 1832 (Mauritius) NSW
Rolla 1803 NSW (I) (F)
Roslin Castle 1830 NSW (F)
Roslin Castle 1833 NSW (I) (P)
Roslin Castle 1834 NSW
Roslin Castle 1836 NSW (I) (F)
Royal Admiral 1792 NSW (F)
Royal Admiral 1800 NSW (P)
Royal Admiral 1830 NSW
Royal Admiral 1833 NSW
Royal Admiral 1835 NSW (I)
Royal Charlotte 1825 NSW
Royal George 1828 NSW
Royal Sovereign 1834 NSW (I)
Royal Sovereign 1835 NSW
Ruby 1811 (Bengal) NSW


S


Salamander 1791 NSW
Sarah 1829 NSW
Sarah & Elizabeth 1837 NSW (F)
Scarborough 1788 NSW
Scarborough 1790 NSW
Seaflower 1820 (Bengal) NSW
Sesostris 1826 NSW
Shipley 1817 NSW
Shipley 1818 NSW
Shipley 1820 ; NSW
Shipley 1822 NSW
Sir Charles Forbes 1837 NSW (F)
Sir Godfrey Webster 1826 (NSW (I) (P)
Sir William Bensley 1817 NSW
Somersetshire 1814 NSW
Sophia 1829 NSW (I)
Southworth 1822 NSW (I)
Southworth 1832 (I) NSW (F) (I)
Sovereign 1795 NSW (P)
Sovereign 1829 NSW (F)
Speedy 1800 NSW
Speke 1808 NSW (F)
Speke 1821 NSW (P)
Speke 1826 NSW
St. Michael 1820 (Calcutta) VDL & NSW
St. Vincent 1837 NSW (1)
Strathfieldsaye 1836 NSW
Sugar Cane 1793 NSW (P)
Surprize 1790 NSW
Surprize 1794 NSW (F) (P)
Surry 1814 NSW
Surry 1816 NSW (I)
Surry 1819 NSW & VDL
Surry 1823 NSW
Surry 1831 NSW
Surry (II) 1833 NSW(I) (F)
Surry 1834 NSW (P)
Surry 1836 NSW (1)
Surry 1840 NSW (F)
Susan 1834; NSW
Susan 1836 NSW
Swallow 1836 (Madras); NSW
Sydney Cove 1807 NSW (F)
Symmetry 1838 (Mauritius) NSW



T

Tellicherry 1806 NSW (I) (F) (P)
Theresa 1839 NSW
Thomas Harrison 1836 NSW (F)
Three Bees 1814 NSW (I)
Tory 1847 VDL
Tottenham 1818 NSW
Tyne 1819 NSW (I) (P)



V

Vittoria 1829 NSW



W

Wanstead 1814 NSW (F)
Warrior 1835 (Calcutta) NSW
Waterloo 1829 NSW
Waterloo 1831 NSW (I)
Waterloo 1833 NSW
Waterloo 1836 NSW (I)
Waterloo 1838 NSW
Waverley 1839 NSW (I)
Westmoreland 1835 NSW
Westmoreland 1838 NSW (I)
Whitby 1839 NSW (I) (F)
William 1794 NSW (F)
William and Anne 1791 NSW
William Jardine 1838 NSW (I)
William Pitt 1806 NSW (F)
William Young 1829 (East Indies) NSW
Woodbridge 1840 NSW
Woodman 1823 NSW (I) (F)



Y

York 1831 NSW
York 1862 W.A.

Resources used to create Convict Ship Pages:

Sydney Gazette, The Australian, The Monitor, The Maitland Mercury and other publications available via Australia Trove

UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, - Ancestry

Various 19th Century British Library Newspapers available via National Library of Australia eResourses ( see Cora Num's site for instructions to access)

Lesley Uebel's Port Jackson Convict Anthology

Surgeon's Journals at National Archives UK

Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857, Ancestry.com.; The National Archives. Kew, Richmond, Surrey.

Publications available at Google Books

Historical Records of New South Wales Vols. 1 - VII

Historical Records of Australia Series 1

The Convict Ships - Charles Bateson

Martin Cash: His Personal narrative as a Bushranger in Van Diemens Land

Free Settler or Felon Database

Journeys In Time 1809 - 1822 - The Journals of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Online

North to Matsumae, Australian Whalers to Japan by Noreen Jones.

Bound For Botany Bay: Narrative of a voyage in 1798 Aboard the Death Ship Hillsborough - Frank Clune

A Narrative of a Voyage to New South Wales, in the year 1816, in the ship Mariner, describing the Nature of the Accommodations, Stores, Diet &c., together with an account of the Medical Treatment &c." by John Haslam in John Croaker: convict Embezzler: John Booker and Russell Craig.

Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825.

Australian Town and Country Journal 3 January 1891 - Arrivals of vessels at Port Jackson and Departures of same up to 1817

Australian Dictionary of Biography

East Indian Company Ships

Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie Archive

Journal of Arthur Bowes Smyth, 1787 March 22-1789 August 8 [manuscript]., National Library of Australia, MS 4568

Records of Bristol Ships 1800 - 1838

Musters and other papers relating to convict ships. Series CGS 1155, Reels 2417-2428. State Records Authority of New South Wales. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia

A Military History of Australia - Jeffrey Grey

Travels in Ireland in the Year 1822 - Thomas Reid

Rude, George F.E. Protest and Punishment: The Story of the Social and Political Protesters Transported to Australia, 1788-1868

Lloyds Register

Bassett, M.,1940 The Governor's Lady: Mrs Philip Gidley King, Oxford University Press, London

Reflections on the colony of New South Wales... ed. by J.E.B. Currey. [Melb.]:Lansdowne Press