The majority of female convicts would not previously have been on a long sea voyage, and certainly not one as long as from the United Kingdom to Australia in the first half of the 19th century.


Surgeon Superintendent's report:  These reports, listed on the Convict Ships List page, give much of the known information about the voyages of convict ships.


The Voyage of the Tasmania 1844 by Dee Hoole

The Voyage of the East London 1843 by Colleen Arulappu (Chapter 2 of the East London)


Newspaper articles and reports on ships and their voyages:

We have volunteers transcribing newspaper articles and reports on the convict ships, and their voyages, as follows:




Further Resources:

FCRC Seminar 2014: Voyages of Female Convict Ships

 'The Voyage Out'

a diary written by Marianne Williams a Missionary on board the Lord Sidmouth 1822-1823, travelling along with her husband Henry, to New Zealand.



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