Transportation continued in small numbers to western australia the last convict ship the hougoumont left britain in 1867 and arrived in western australia on 10 january 1868 in all about 164000 convicts were transported to the australian colonies between 1788 and 1868 on board 806 ships. The hougoumont the last ship to take convicts from the uk to australia docked in fremantle western australia on january 9 1868 150 years ago it brought an end to a process which . Every genealogist hopes to find a convict or two lurking in their family and we have plenty of resources to help you find them to get an idea of what life was like for them and understand the records available. The first fleet is the name given to the group of eleven ships carrying convicts the first to do so that left england in may 1787 and arrived in australia in january 1788the ships departed with an estimated 775 convicts 582 men and 193 women as well as officers marines their wives and children and provisions and agricultural implements. Western australia was founded without convicts in 1829 it was pretty shitty so after a few decades they requested some convicts be sent to do some of the work there was hardly anyone in wa until they found gold around 1890 so 10000 would be a lot back then
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