Ever wondered where your hairy legs come from? Or perhaps it’s your ruddy complexion, flaxen hair or so-called frugal nature…
We often boast about the crimes of our convict ancestors, but with the List of Convicts with Particulars 1788-1842, Australians can now also get a picture of what they looked like.
This collection contains information for 23,000 convicts, ranging from their standing number to detailed physical descriptions and also ‘insightful remarks’ recorded about them by bureaucrats of the day.
Descriptions featured in the collection include:
For most of us, it is impossible to know what our ancestors who lived before the invention of photography looked like, and so to get an idea of both their physical description and also a description of their character is very rare indeed.
Many family researchers and enthusiasts will find the physical descriptions detailed in the List of Convicts with Particulars 1788-1842 can help them to piece together yet more of their family’s puzzle, and perhaps even explain the origins of some of their own physical and character traits.
The collection contains various lists of convicts in Australia, including:
Information listed in these records may include:
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