The history of British convicts being sent to Australia goes back to 1787 and continued until 1868. Approximately 160,000 convicts were transported during those years. Our course, Australian: Convict Records, will take you through their history and the abundance of available records. You will learn about the different penal colonies, the names of the transport ships, and where to source the records required for your family research. The topics discussed include trial records, newspaper reports, and what happened after someone left the convict system.