Australia's Last Convicts - 28 April 2017

State Records Office Lunchtime Seminar – Friday 28 April 2017, 12.30-1.30pm

Speakers: Lorraine Clarke and Cherie Strickland, Swan Genealogy

Topic: 'Australia's Last Convicts: Photographs of WA's Convicts' - a Lunchtime Seminar for the Australian Heritage Festival

Venue: South West Room, State Records Office, south west entrance of the State Library Building, Perth Cultural Centre: see Google map.

Numbers are limited and you must book to attend this Seminar, so please email sro@sro.wa.gov.au to reserve a place.

'Australia's Last Convicts'

 Photographs of the Convicts are rare, but recently long time genealogical researchers Lorraine Clarke and Cherie Strickland explored WA's State Archives Collection, the largest archival collection in the State which is preserved and made accessible by the State Records Office of Western Australia. In particular they examined 19th century Convict Registers, Fremantle Prison Registers and surviving Fremantle Prisoner photographs for any photographs of Convicts who came to WA. Their research has been fruitful and 74 photographs of WA Convicts have been identified.   

Dating from the late 1880s until around 1912 the images are brought together and presented in a book titled 'Australia's Last Convicts'. The book includes short biographies of each of the Convicts and the entries also summarise the information in the registers about the crimes committed by the them, using original terminology. Quite a few of the men are recidivists who spent much of their lives in the prison system for mainly petty crimes. Others were gaoled for more serious offences. Lorraine and Cherie will talk about their research, reveal some of the photographs and tell the stories of some of the Convicts.