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Female convicts to Australia - children?

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۞ Cherilyn ۞

۞ Cherilyn ۞ Report 2 Jan 2013 07:49

Does anyone know if female convicts were allowed to bring very young children with them when they were transported? Or, if they were born on the journey, if they would be allowed to keep them?

Thank you!


Gai Report 2 Jan 2013 09:18

Hi Cherilyn,

I found this website which is very interesting to read.


Andysmum Report 2 Jan 2013 12:17

A fascinating site. Almost makes me wish I had some convict ancestors!!


BeverleyW Report 2 Jan 2013 12:18


"Quite a few married women were transported with their children and some shipping entries record their husbands' names as well. Divorce was not available to the common person until the late 1800s and was expensive and scandalous. Previously married convicts were permitted to remarry after seven years' separation as long as their spouse was abroad, even if they were still living."

۞ Cherilyn ۞

۞ Cherilyn ۞ Report 3 Jan 2013 01:46

Thanks, very interesting!

The one in hubby's tree was single when she arrived in NSW in 1828 but her convict record states she had one child. She did marry (1830) and my theory is that their eldest child (listed on death certs) was her child, as his age works out that he was born c1828. :-) (Though this is strongly disputed by that son's direct descendants, for obvious reasons!)

Might check if the NSW records have any info on the female factory inmates...!

۞ Cherilyn ۞

۞ Cherilyn ۞ Report 3 Jan 2013 02:12

Can't find early record of the FF on the NSW records site so have sent off a request. Fingers crossed!