Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - CONVICT ANCESTORS -

Re­formed con­vict ex­iles could move great dis­tances within Aus­tralia af­ter they had served their term, and were free to work as or­di­nary cit­i­zens. Un­til 1841, New Zealand formed part of New South Wales, and many were al­lowed to move there to start afresh. Go to whodoy­ou­think­to­ri­als/ over­seas/new-zealand-an­ces­tors for ad­vice on trac­ing an­ces­tors who set­tled in New Zealand.

The Ge­neal­o­gist has a se­lec­tion of records from Aus­tralia and New Zealand, in­clud­ing trans­porta­tion records taken from The Na­tional Ar­chives’ Home Of­fice se­ries (see www.the­ge­neal­o­­ter­na­tional/aus­tralia/).

News­pa­pers are a great source of in­for­ma­tion, whether or not your an­ces­tor left Aus­tralia. ‘No­tices of in­tent’ were pub­lished in the Syd­ney Gazette (­tle/3), list­ing peo­ple de­part­ing the colonies. Ad­verts in the Hobart Town Gazette and The Courier were also help­ful for es­tab­lish­ing that Anne Reid’s an­ces­tor re­mained in Tas­ma­nia and went on to work as a clerk and sec­re­tary. The Na­tional Li­brary of Aus­tralia’s dig­i­tal news­pa­per col­lec­tion (­pa­per) of his­toric ti­tles from all Aus­tralian states and ter­ri­to­ries is free to search.

Visit the WDYTYA? Mag­a­zine web­site for ad­vice on trac­ing New Zealand kin

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