History: Records of transported convicts go online

More than 42,000 records of British convicts who were transported to Australia in the 19th century will be published online for the first time today.

Family history website Ancestry.co.uk said the new details, including parole documents granting freedom to UK convicts, add to a collection of more than 2.3 million criminal and convict records.

Ancestry's international content director Dan Jones said: "The new records are a wonderful addition to our ever-growing collection of criminal records, which currently detail more than 2.3 million

Australian convict stories, from arrest to release."

Details include the name of the ship each convict arrived on, the year of arrival, profession, date and place of trial and who recommended them for release.

The records include details of Joseph Backler, a British artist who was

sentenced to death for forging cheques in 1831 before his conviction was commuted to transportation.

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