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Australian convict records: Western Australia

Between 1788 and 1868 about 160 000 British convicts were sent to Australia. This State Library of South Australia guide will assist you to locate worldwide resources for researching your convict ancestors.

Establishment of Western Australia

Western Australia was founded as the Swan River colony in 1829.

Between 1850 and 1868 approximately 9,700 British convicts were brought to the colony, largely as a source of cheap labour.

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