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Chronological register of convicts 1824-1839

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These indexes provide links to digital copies of the original chronological register. Scroll to the page number given in the index. Due to file sizes, download times may vary when opening the indexes and associated digital register images.

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Explanatory notes

  • "?" indicates there is doubt about the entry due to difficulty in interpreting handwriting
  • More than one entry may be found for a person
  • Check all possible spelling variants
  • Some given names are abbreviated as they appear in the original record
  • Mc and Mac names are interfiled - or a blank cell indicates that there is no information in the original
  • names are not indexed with an apostrophe, e.g. O DWYER
  • Ship name is the vessel on which the convict first arrived from England
  • The number beside the ship name would seem to indicate the voyage number, e.g. Minerva 4
  • Date is the original date of conviction
  • Spring (or Summer) Ass means Spring Assizes, the yearly quarter when and where the conviction took place in Britain.

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These indexes have been compiled from Series ID 5653, Chronological Register of Convicts at Moreton Bay, 1824-1839. The indexes and their transcriptions were completed by the State Library of Queensland and Queensland State Archives volunteers.

The register consists of a chronological and alphabetical record of convicts (Crown prisoners) at Moreton Bay penal settlement. It includes convicts' personal details, details of their convictions, as well as their departure from Moreton Bay (return to Sydney or Norfolk Island), discharge, or death.

The register is divided into three main sections: a (Part 1) Chronological Register of Convicts by ship's arrival date, with an alphabetical index by convict name in the front of the register. Details in the chronological register are arranged under two main headings on facing pages which have the same page number: Original Conviction and Colonial Conviction. Details of Original Convictions are entered under the sub-headings: No., Name, Ship, Where, When, Offence, Sentence, and Trade (that is, occupation). Details of Colonial Convictions are entered under the sub-headings: By whom, Where, When, Offence, Sentence and Remarks (usually entries such as To Sydney, died, absconded).

Please note that pages 101 onwards are not numbered, and are headed: (Part 2) List of Prisoners in the Ordinary Service of the Crown at Moreton Bay October 21st, 1839. Details are entered under the sub-headings: No., Name, Ship, Trade, Sentence and Remarks.

Starting from the back of the register, upside down, there is (Part 3) an Alphabetical listing by surname of the prisoners' personal details including height, complexion, eye and hair colour, age, religion and native place.

The image below (click for larger image) is an example of page 2 from the Chronological Register of Convicts, Part 1.

Chronological Register of Convicts, Part 1

Related records

Other records relating to early convicts include:

 See also the index of Monthly and Half Yearly Returns for Moreton Bay 1829-1837.

Last updated 30 September 2016
Extract from the chronological register of convicts at Moreton Bay Penal Settlement, 28 December 1826

Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 5268, Extract from the chronological register of convicts at Moreton Bay Penal Settlement, 28 December 1826



 Indexes available under Open Data initiative


​The indexes to convict registers (chronological) 1824 to 1839 are also available through the Queensland Government’s Open Data initiative. The Open Data indexes are in .csv format.

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