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Ancestry.com. Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Second Fleet, 1789-1790 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: Home Office: Convict Transportation Registers; (The National Archives Microfilm Publication HO11); The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England.

About Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Second Fleet, 1789-1790

The Second Fleet consisted of six ships. The Lady Juliana sailed from England on June 29, 1789 carrying 226 female convicts and landed in Australia on June 3, 1790.

The Guardian sailed from England on September 12, 1789 but struck and iceberg off the cost of South Africa and never made it to Australia.

The Surprise, Neptune, Scarborough and Justinian sailed from England on January 19, 1790 and landed in Australia at the end of June the same year. They brought with them 931 male and 78 female convicts.

Historical Background:

Transportation, as a punishment for convicted criminals in England and other parts of the British Empire, came about in the seventeenth century. At first transportation was primarily to America. However, this stopped with the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War in 1776 and a new penal colony in Australia was developed. Transportation was formally abolished in 1868, but had not been practiced for nearly a decade before that. By the time transportation was discontinued, approximately 160,000 people had been sent to Australia.

What’s Included?

This database contains the convict transportation registers for the Second Fleet. Information available in these registers includes:

  • Name of convict
  • Date and place of conviction
  • Term of sentence
  • Name of ship on which convict sailed to Australia
  • Departure date
  • Name of colony in which sent to

Please note that not all of this information may be available for each record. Some of this information may also only be available by viewing the register images.

Having Trouble Finding a Passenger?

Given the nature of record keeping in England during the period covered by this collection, convict passenger lists for certain ships do not appear within this collection. Ancestry is currently sourcing the missing material from local archives. Should you be unable to find reference to a particular convict in this collection, please search within the related data collections listed on this page as individual convict records will in most cases exist elsewhere in this collection.

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