Colonial

Colonial

Norfolk Island: the first settlement, 1788-1814

Many convicts and soldiers who arrived in the early years of settlement spent time on Norfolk Island until, in the first decade of the 1800s, the authorities decided to close the settlement and transfer the settlers to Tasmania. A wealth of documents have survived for this period containing information about those resident on the island. This seminar covers the type of records and other sources available, their contents and where they can be located.

- 45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation


Something from nothing: reading between the lines of military records

While General Editor of the Biographical Database of Australia, Carol Baxter examined all the Muster Books and Pay Lists for Governor Macquarie’s 73rd Regiment of Foot, which served in New South Wales between 1810 and 1814. By examining the records of all the soldiers, rather than simply looking for information about an individual soldier, she made the astonishing discovery that she could determine a huge amount of information about the lives of the rank and file even when the lists themselves included no information against a particular soldier’s name.


Norfolk Island 1st Settlement 1788 - 1814

The People of the Norfolk Island 1788 - 1814.
Includes Convicts, NSW Corps and free settlers, deaths and Headstones, resources for researchers

  • Victualling books
  • Population returns
  • Land grants
  • Shipping records
  • Journals and diaries
  • Musters
  • Baptism, burial and marriage records
  • Population returns and much more

Old Sydney Burial Ground 1792 – 1820

Discover the history of the Old Sydney Burial ground (today the Sydney Town Hall) and the discovery of grave and headstones. Just who is buried there ... from Convicts ... free settlers  ... NSW Corps.

There are over 2500 people buried from 1792 - 1820.

What were the burial practices in NSW 1788 - 1820.


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