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17 september 2010

Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849,

The Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849, are launched online today, making accessible the incarceration records of almost 200,000 convicts who were imprisoned on giant floating jails known as 'prison hulks'.

Digitised by Ancestry.co.uk the records from The National Archives series PCOM 4 and HO 9 reveal the lives of the convicts imprisoned on these hulks, many awaiting transportation to Australia. Each record details the inmate's name, year of birth, age, year and place of conviction, offence committed, name of the hulk and character reports written by the 'gaoler'.

Source en more information: National Archives UK

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