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Book TIP: Books with this icon are
good starting points for beginners.

This list is by no means exhaustive. A search of library catalogues will unearth many more relevant titles. Included here are books which have been recommended by other researchers. We welcome your suggestions for additions to the Bibliography.

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Anderson, C.L. Lincolnshire convicts to Australia, Bermuda and Gibraltar: a study of two thousand convicts. Dunholme, Lincoln: Laece Books, 1993.

BookBateson, Charles. The convict ships, 1787-1868. 2nd ed. Sydney [etc.] ; London : A.H. and A.W. Reed, 1974.

Brand, Ian. Penal peninsula : Port Arthur and its outstations, 1827-1898. Rev. ed. Launceston, Tas. : Regal, [1989]. ISBN 0909640084.

Buddee, Paul (Paul Edgar), 1913- Fate of the artful dodger : Parkhurst boys transported to Australia and New Zealand 1842-1852. Perth, W.A. : St. George Books, 1984. ISBN 0867780177.

Cash, Martin, 1810-1877. Martin Cash : the bushranger of Van Diemen's Land in 1843-4 : a personal narrative of his exploits in the bush and his experiences at Port Arthur and Norfolk Island. 9th ed. Hobart : J. Walch & Sons, 1972.

Clarke, Keith M. Convicts of the Port Phillip District. Waramanga, A.C.T. : K.M. & G. Clarke, 1999. ISBN 0958753334.

Clarke, Marcus Andrew Hislop, 1846-1881. For the term of his natural life. [First published in 1874. Cover subtitle: The grim and tragic story of life in an Australian penal colony.] Full text online.

Clarke, Peter, 1927- . Hell and paradise : the Norfolk, Bounty, Pitcairn saga / Peter Clarke. Ringwood, Vic. : Viking, 1986. ISBN 0670815217.

Convict love tokens : the leaden hearts the convicts left behind / edited by Michele Field and Timothy Millett. Kent Town, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 1998. ISBN 1862544344.

Convict workers : reinterpreting Australia's past / edited by Stephen Nicholas. Cambridge ; Melbourne : Cambridge University Press, 1988. ISBN 0521361265.

Costello, Con. Botany Bay : the story of the convicts transported from Ireland to Australia, 1791-1853. Cork : Mercier, c.1987. ISBN 0853428085 (pbk.)

Cumes, J. W. C. (James William C.), 1922- Their chastity was not too rigid : leisure times in early Australia. Melbourne : Longman Cheshire ; Terry Hills, N.S.W. : Reed, 1979. ISBN 0582714567.

Damousi, Joy, 1961- Depraved and disorderly : female convicts, sexuality and gender in colonial Australia. Cambridge (England) : Cambridge University Press, 1997. ISBN 0521583233.

Daniels, Kay. Convict Women. Allen & Unwin, 1998. ISBN: 1864486775.

De Vries-Evans, Susanna. Strength of spirit : pioneering women of achievement from First Fleet to Federation. Alexandria, N.S.W. : Millennium Books, 1995. ISBN 1864290382.

Donohoe, James Hugh, 1941- . The Catholics of New South Wales, 1788-1820 and their families. Sydney : Archives Authority of New South Wales, 1988. ISBN 0724079742.

Donohoe, James Hugh, 1941- . Convicts and exiles transported from Ireland, 1791-1820. Spit Junction, N.S.W. : J.S. North Pub., 1997, c1990. ISBN 0958754586.

Dunn, Cathy. Ladies of the Royal Admiral 1792. [Milton, N.S.W.] : Cathy Dunn, c1996. ISBN 0958758603 (prepublication).

Dunn, Cathy. Governor Hunter's assignment report : women convicts, 1798. Milton, N.S.W. : C. Dunn, 1995. ISBN 095878611.

Dunn, Cathy. The convicts & pioneer labourers of Murramarang & Ulladulla. Milton, N.S.W. : C. Dunn, 1994. ISBN 0646202243.

Egan, Jack, 1941- Buried alive : Sydney 1788-1792 : eyewitness accounts of the making of a nation. St Leonards, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 1999. ISBN 1865081388.

Erickson, Rica and O'Mara, Gillian. The Bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians. V. 9. Convicts in Western Australia, 1850-1887. Nedlands, W.A. : University of Western Australia, 1987-[1997]. ISBN 1875560440. [Revision of Dictionary of Western Australians Vol. 2 Bond 1850-1868. Alphabetical listing of convicts and short biography of each]

Exiles from Erin : convict lives in Ireland and Australia. Edited by Bob Reece ; foreword by A. J. F. O'Reilly. Basingstoke : Macmillan, 1991. ISBN 0333564375 (pbk.), 0333564367.

Fox, Norman E. Berkshire to Botany Bay : the 1830 labourers' revolt in Berkshire : its causes and consequences. Newbury, England : Littlefield, 1995. ISBN 0952666103.

Free passengers and crew on convict ships into Sydney, 1830-40 / compiled by Nola M. Mackey. [Grafton, NSW] : Grafton Family History Centre, 1998. ISBN 1875840451.

Frost, Alan. Botany Bay mirages : illusions of Australia's convict beginnings. Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1994. ISBN 0522844979.

Gill, Andrew. Forced labour for the West : Parkhurst convicts "apprenticed" in Western Australia 1842-1851. 2nd ed. Maylands, W.A. : Blatellae Books, 1997. ISBN 0959347259.

Gill, Andrew (comp.). A register of employers of Parkhurst convicts 'apprenticed' in Western Australia 1842-1851. Maylands, WA: Andrew Gill, 1993.

Hasluck, Alexandra. Unwilling emigrants : a study of the convict period in Western Australia. Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1959. ISBN 0195505743.

Hawkings, David T. Bound for Australia. North Sydney, N.S.W : Library of Australian History, c1987. ISBN 0908120664.

Hirst, Warwick. Great escapes by convicts in colonial Australia. East Roseville, N.S.W. : Simon & Schuster, 1999. ISBN 0731808150.

Holden, Robert. Orphans of history : the forgotten children of the First Fleet. Melbourne : Text Publishing, 2000. ISBN 1875847081.

Book Hughes, Robert, 1938-. The fatal shore : a history of the transportation of convicts to Australia, 1787-1868. London : Collins Harvill, 1987, c1986. ISBN 0002173611.

Irish convict lives / edited by Bob Reece. Sydney : Crossing Press, 1993. ISBN 0646150138.

Irish women in colonial Australia / edited by Trevor McClaughlin. St Leonards, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 1998. ISBN 1864487151.

Johnson, W. Branch. The English prison hulks. Revised ed. Chichester: Phillimore, 1970. ISBN: 0900592036.

Jones, M. (Marie). From places now forgotten : an index of convicts whose places of trial were outside the U.K. & Ireland. Cardiff, N.S.W. : M. Jones, c1996. ISBN 0646247654.

Keneally, Thomas, 1935- The great shame : a story of the Irish in the Old World and the New. Milsons Point, N.S.W. : Random House, 1998. ISBN 0091837367

Levi, John S., 1934- Australian genesis : Jewish convicts and settlers, 1788-1850 / J. S. Levi, G. F. J. Bergman. Adelaide : Rigby, 1974. ISBN 0851798101.

Levi, J. S. (John Simon), 1934- The forefathers : a dictionary of biography of the Jews of Australia 1788-1830. [Sydney] : Australian Jewish Historical Society, 1976. ISBN 0959995919.

Macfarlane, Margaret. The Scottish radicals : tried and transported to Australia for treason in 1820 / by Margaret and Alastair Macfarlane. Rev. ed. Stevenage, Hertfordshire : Spa Books, 1981.

Maconochie, Alexander, 1787-1860. Thoughts on convict management : and other subjects connected with the Australian penal colonies. Hobart Town : J.C. Macdougall, 1838.

McLachlan, Iaen. Place of banishment : Port Macquarie 1818 to 1832. Sydney : Hale & Iremonger, c1988. ISBN 0868063169.

O'Farrell, Patrick, 1933- The Irish in Australia. Rev. ed. Kensington, N.S.W. : New South Wales University Press, 1993. ISBN 0868401811.

O'Mara, Gillian. Convict records of Western Australia: a research guide. Perth: Friends of Battye Inc, 1990. ISBN 064602213X.

Oxley, Deborah. Convict maids; the forced migration of women to Australia. Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN: 0521441315.

Perkins, Harold. The convict priests. Rosanna [Vic.] : H. Perkins, [1984]. ISBN 0959140700.

Reakes, Janet, 1952-. A convict's life. Bass Hill, NSW : Genealogy Research Service Centre, 1985. ISBN 0959009302.

Book Reakes, Janet, 1952-. How to trace your convict ancestors : their lives, times, & records. Sydney, N.S.W. : Hale & Iremonger, c1987, 1999. ISBN 0868066575.

Rees, Siân. The floating brothel : the extraordinary story of the Lady Julian and its cargo of female convicts bound for Botany Bay. Sydney : Hodder Headline Australia, 2001. ISBN 0733613047 (pbk.)

Robinson, Portia. The women of Botany Bay : a reinterpretation of the role of women in the origins of Australian society. Rev. ed. Ringwood, Vic. : Penguin, 1993. ISBN 0140146989 (pbk.)

Robson, L. L. (Leslie Lloyd), 1931-1990. The convict settlers of Australia : an enquiry into the origin and character of the convicts transported to New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, 1787-1852. Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1994, c1965. ISBN: 0522845851.

Salt, A. These Outcast Women - The Parramatta Female Factory 1821-1848. Sydney: Hale & Iremonger 1984. ISBN 0868060089.

Smith, Babette, 1942- A cargo of women : Susannah Watson and the convicts of the Princess Royal. Kensington, N.S.W. : New South Wales University Press, 1988. ISBN 086840067X.

Sweetman, John, 1935- . The military establishment and penal settlement at King George Sound (Frederickstown), 25th December 1826-19th March 1831. Carlisle, W.A. : Hesperian Press, 1989. ISBN 085905022X.

Tardif, Phillip, 1958- . Notorious strumpets and dangerous girls : convict women in Van Diemen's Land, 1803-1829. North Ryde, N.S.W. : Angus & Robertson, 1990. ISBN 0207157987.

Tipping, Marjorie, 1917-. Convicts unbound : the story of the Calcutta convicts and their settlement in Australia. South Yarra, Vic : Viking O'Neil, 1988.

Book Vine Hall, Nick. Tracing your family history in Australia: a guide to sources. 2nd ed. Albert Park, Vic. : N.V. Hall, c1994. 1864040718.

The voice of our exiles : or, Stray leaves from a convict ship. Ed. by Daniel Ritchie. Edinburgh : John Menzies, 1854. [Notes: Essays by convicts, collected and issued as the Pestonjee Bomanjee Journal, April 25, 1852 to July 28, 1852.]

Weidenhofer, Maggie, 1941- The convict years : transportation and the penal system, 1788-1868. Melbourne : Lansdowne, 1973. ISBN 0701802480.

Written on the body : the tattoo in European and American history / edited by Jane Caplan. London : Reaktion, 2000. ISBN 1861890621.

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