Many fictional works have been written about convicts and their transportation, including novels, plays, and television series. Some of these are listed here. If you know of any others, please contact us so that we can add them to the list.
Banished beyond the seas
By Sue Cox
This historical fiction is based on the convict life of Jane Baird (Hadden) who was transported to Van Diemen's Land on the "Garland Grove" arriving on October 10th 1841.
Author Sue Cox has written a tough and authentic book, a valuable foundation story that reflects impeccable research and illuminates the saga of white settlement in Australian through its focus on a single woman.
Ian Heads OAM, author, historian
Forty South Publishing Pty Ltd
- For the Term of His Natural Life, c1871
Raymond W Clarke
The Emma Grady Trilogy
- Outcast, 1991
- Alley Urchin, 1991
- Vagabonds, 1992
The Australian Trilogy
- The Potato Factory, 1995
- Tommo & Hawk, 1997
- Solomon's Song, 1999
Banished beyond the seas, 2017 (Forty South Publishing Pty Ltd)
The Timeless Land Trilogy
- The Timeless Land, 1941
- Storm of Time, 1948
- No Barrier, 1953
- Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish, 2001
- Sara Dane, 1954 (made into a television series in 1982)
- Vandemon's Daughter, 1974
Oliné Keese (Caroline Leakey)
William Stuart Long
- The Exiles, 1979 (the first book in the Australians series)
- Escape to Van Diemen's Land, 2007
- The Ballad of Desmond Kale, 2007 (winner of the 2006 Miles Franklin Award)
- Search for the Light, 2014 (eBook)
- Beneath the Southern Cross, 2007
- Beyond the Blue Mountains, 1948
- On Emerald Downs, 2002
- Storm Bay, 2005
- A Cargo of Women the Novel, 1991
Veronica Geoghegan Sweeney
- The Emancipist: A Saga of the Early Days of Australia, 1986
- Savage Utopia, 2008
- Stolen Birthright, 2008
- Ralph Rashleigh, 1952 (written 1845–50)
Price Warung (William Astley)
- Tales of the Convict System, 1892
- Tales of the Early Days, 1894
This Is Eden
Inspired by stories of the female convict crime class.
Experimental performance at La Mama Theatre, Carlton, VIC, 11–13 November 2014.
To premiere at Hothouse Theatre in 2015.