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Many sources are available for those wishing to undertake research into convicts transported from the East Riding of Yorkshire to Australia between 1788 and 1868.

Whilst copies and transcriptions of original documents are often available online, to consult many others it is necessary to visit archival repositories. A huge number of original documents relating to transportation are preserved in the National Archives in Kew, London. Some other documents, notably quarter sessions records, are only available in local archive collections in Hull and Beverley.

The discussion in the following sections is by no means comprehensive, and those interested in finding out more should consult the National Archives website, which includes excellent guidance on the records available for studying transportation, and also the online catalogues for The East Riding Archives Service and the Hull History Centre. Two useful books discuss National Archives sources in detail (Hawkings 1987, Brookes and Brandon 2005; see the bibliography for full details).

NEXT CHAPTER: Quarter Sessions and Assize Court Records

Quarter Sessions record
Records from the East Riding quarter sessions are held by the East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service.