LIFE AFTER RELEASE
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 whodoyouthink youaremagazine.com/tutorials/ 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.thegenealogist.co.uk/international/australia/).
Newspapers are a great source of information, whether or not your ancestor left Australia. ‘Notices of intent’ were published in the Sydney Gazette ( trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/title/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 ( trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper) 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