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Convict Connections

How prisoners from Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire were transported to Australia.

Between 1788 and 1868, the British Government transported over 160,000 convicts from Britain and Ireland to the Australian colonies.

This has been described as a concerted attempt to rid the British Isles of its ‘criminal class’.

More than 850 of those transported were sentenced in the courts in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. In this online exhibition we will explore the story of transportation through case-studies of seven residents of East Yorkshire who made the long voyage to Australia as convicts. 

Each individual’s story links to content about the wider history – of transportation, and of the complex local, national and global transformations which help to explain it.

We will also show you some of the local places and buildings connected to the story of transportation, and point towards records available for tracing ancestors from our region who were transported.

Use the links in the list to the left to follow the story of transportation and the convicts.

NEXT CHAPTER: Introduction to transportation

Gore Botany Bay
Botany Bay, New South Wales, c.1789. Watercolour by Charles Gore. From the collections of the State Library of New South Wales (via Wikimedia Commons).
Warrior prison ship
The Warrior prison hulk. Illustration taken from Henry Mayhew and John Binny, The Criminal Prisons of London, and Scenes of Prison Life, Volume 3, 1862, p. 256. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.