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Extract from an official note on convicts in Australia, 1849
(Catalogue ref: HO 45/2828)
Source 4a

Home Office
28th February


I beg to enclose a Memorandum, shewing the probable number of Convicts, who will be eligible for Removal from this Country with Tickets of Leave, in the Course of March and April.

It has occurred to me, that under the Circumstances, in which Convicts are sent to Port Philip and Sydney, it will be very desirable to pursue the Course, which has been successfully followed with reference to the Parkhurst Boys sent to Western Australia, namely, that of selecting the best Characters, with a View to their being acceptable

Source 4b

to the Colonists, and thus permanently securing these Advantageous Openings for the Disposal of well conducted Men.

Without desiring to make any invidious Distinction between these Colonies, and Van Diemen's Land, I think, that those, of whom the Authorities do not entertain so favourable an Opinion might be sent there. The wages are not so high, and they would have a powerful Stimulus to good conduct, in the Desire to obtain a Pardon, and pass over to Port Philip, and South Australia.

Should Sir George Grey entertain this Proposition, I would suggest, that a ship be taken up for the

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Conveyance of 250 Men with Tickets of Leave to Van Diemen's Land.

I would further recommend, that a Proposition be submitted for the Consideration of Earl Grey, for sending 50 more Boys to Western Australia, where I am happy to observe, that the Value of their Services appears to be appreciated by the Colonists.

I am, Sir,
Your obedient Servant

Source 4d

For Port Philip    
From Pentonville about 110
From Leicester and Northampton about 40
From Parkhurst about 85
From Portland about 65
For Van Diemen’s Land    
From Parkhurst about 40
From the Hulks about 100
From Portland about 40
From Other Sources about 70
For Western Australia    
From Parkhurst   50
Total number that may be removed in March or April   600
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