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Earle, Augustus (1793-1838), Female penitentiary or factory, Parramata [i.e. Parramatta], N.S. Wales [1826?], nla.obj-134500491
Upon arrival, a convict was usually assigned to a master, the Female Factory or to Public Works. Who and where a convict was assigned to was recorded in an assignment register. Not all assignment registers have survived to present. Convicts were not assigned to a master in Western Australia.
Tasmanian Names Index - Tasmania
For assignment of convicts in Tasmania, search the assignment records in Libraries Tasmania's Tasmanian Names Index. As an alternative to searching the index, you can browse these digitised records on their website.
Ancestry.com - New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842
Convict indents often record to whom a convict was assigned, as well as their trade or profession.
Ancestry.com can be accessed from any PC in the Library - visit our eResources portal and search for this database under the Browse eResources tab. You may also be able to access Ancestry.com by visiting your local library.
Microfilmed and other material
Information about assignment of convicts in New South Wales can be found on a number of microfiche resources in the Library's Newspapers and Family History zone:
Index to Assignment Registers 1821 – 1824, Microfilm Compartment 7, Call no. mfm N 229, microfiche 745-748. These are part of the State Records of New South Wales Archives Resources Kit
For 1828-38, the convict’s initial assignment is noted on the convict arrival records of HO 10 in the Australian Joint Copying Project. See the AJCP Guide Part 4 Home Office to find the reel number or view in Ancestry.com
Convicts and Employers (NSW) Index 1828,1832-1833,1838-Jan 1844 Compartment 7, Call No. mc N 2028
Index to Convicts Absconding in NSW 1830-1832, Compartment 7, Call No. mc N 2027
Index of Convicts Apprehended in NSW 1830-32, Compartment 7, Cal no. mc N 2026
Index to (NSW) Colonial Convict Movements taken from the Colonial Secretary's Letters 1827 - 1853. This index covers convict movement throughout the colony and includes transported convicts; convicts transported, freed and reoffended; persons who offended in the colony; and transported convicts who comitted some further offence. The index is available as a searchable eResource, which can be accessed inside the Library building - visit our eResources portal and searchfor this resource under the Browse eResources tab.