Prisoners - Australia
This database includes information on over 1300 convicts who were originally from County Down and were transported to New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land. Some of them were held here in Downpatrick Gaol before transportation.
The data has been assembled over more than a decade by Noelene Williams, who visited the Gaol, now Down County Museum, in 1993. The reason for her trip from Australia to County Down was to trace information about her ancestor, Ann Morrison, who was transported to New South Wales on the ‘John Bull’ with her 2-year old son, Samuel, in 1821. You can trace the details of Noelene’s ancestors and the sources she used to create the database by following the links.
Prisoners can be filtered by selecting the first initial of their surname above or alternatively you can search the prisoners database using the search form below