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Australia, Convict Tickets of Leave, 1824-1874
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Record Description
Record Type Convict Records
Collection years 1824-1874
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New South Wales Archives and Records

Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Tickets of Leave were documents issued to persons in Australian penal colonies who had served part of their sentence with good behavior between 1824 and 1874. These documents were issued to prisoners granting them permission to travel with limited freedom throughout the colony. Prisoners holding these tickets were allowed to seek private employment, lease land, and move freely in the police district where the ticket was issued.

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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains records from the following collections in the New South Wales State Archives catalog record

  • NRS-12200, Registers of tickets of leave, 29 July 1824-1 October 1833
  • NRS-12202, Ticket of leave butts, 31/3/1827 to 13/12/1875
  • NRS-12204, Butts of ticket of leave passports, 7-10-1835 to 8/5/1869

The butts are stubs of the original document which was recorded on a two-part form. One part was was completed and given to the convict, and the other part containing similar information was retained in the book. These butts are the source of these data. Not included in this collection are the following related records from the New South Wales State Archives

  • NRS-12201, Index to ticket of leave registers, 1/1/1827 to 31/12/1850
  • NRS-12203, Registers of fees received on tickets of leave, 1/8/1828 to 3/8/1860
  • NRS-12206, Ticket of leave muster rolls, 1/1/1838 to year only 31/12/1841
  • NRS-12207, Butts of Colonial tickets of leave, 1/1/1849 to 31/12/1875

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Prisoner's name
  • Convict number
  • Ship and date of arrival
  • Place of conviction
  • Term of sentence

  • Birth or native place
  • Physical description
  • Restrictions on travel

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