Free Settler or Felon

Hunter Valley Convict and Colonial History


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Free Settler or Felon is an on-going project gathering details of the lives of people who lived in the Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Central Coast in the early days of settlement. Broadly they are classified by their status on arrival - convict or free.

Find out more 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 and also about free settlers and immigrants.

The men who served as Surgeons on Convict Ships are on separate pages.

Other pages give details of
Coal Miners
Medical Practitioners
Military Officers
Law and Order
Indigenous Notes
Placenames in the Hunter Valley.

Find out details of the lives of Female Convicts many of whom were sent to the Hunter Valley district

For more information about Hunter Valley Doctors, Officers, Soldiers or Police, enter their title in the First Name search field, eg. Rev - Dr- Constable - Major - Captain - Corporal etc.

Other subjects include
Mounted Police
Hanging Rock Gold Rush

Areas include: Maitland, Dungog, Wollombi, Scone, Newcastle, Brisbane Water, Raymond Terrace, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Murrurundi, Merton, Paterson, Lake Macquarie, Lochinvar, Jerrys Plains, Morpeth, Cassilis, Hinton, Clarencetown, Black Creek, Port Stephens, Hexham, Sugar loaf, Tamworth and many more.

Browse the Links page to find Journals, Diaries and Reminiscences of life in colonial New South Wales or find the latest Australian History News

Voyage Of The First Fleet

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.

The grey weather icons on the Map above are entries from
William Bradley s Journal pinpointing exact locations and the weather recorded on the Sirius. The progress of the Fleet can be followed until 25 November by using these grey icons or the blue Sirius icons.

Magnify the map above by scrolling then click on the ship icons to read Extracts from Journals of the First Fleet. Each ship of the Fleet is represented by a different colour. Enlarge the map by clicking the icon on the top right.

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Members of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori communities are advised that this site contains names and images of deceased people.

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