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Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1824-1867 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.
Original data:
  • Ticket of Leave butts, 31 Mar 1827-20 Aug 1867. Series 12202. State Records Reels 909-965, 2688A. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Register of Tickets of Leave, 29 Jul 1824-8 Mar 1827. Series 12200. State Records Fiche 753-754. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.

© The Crown in right of the State of New South Wales and is used under licence with the permission of the State Records Authority. The State of New South Wales gives no warranty regarding the data's accuracy, completeness, currency or suitability for any particular purpose.

About New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1824-1867

A ticket of leave allowed a convict to work for his own benefit and to acquire property on the conditions that he resided within a prescribed area, attended a muster every few months and attended church weekly. The tickets had to be renewed annually and permitted the convicts to marry or bring their families over from England or wherever they lived. They weren’t allowed to carry firearms or board a ship, but once the convict observed these conditions for half their prison sentence the restrictions were removed. Although the convicts still couldn’t leave the colony until the full sentence had been served.

This is a collection of registers of the tickets of leave from New South Wales, Australia that covers 1827-1867, as well as the butts of tickets of leave that cover 1824-1827. The ticket of leave contains:

  • Number of ticket
  • Name
  • Ship and year of arrival
  • When and where convicted
  • Sentence
  • Native place
  • Calling
  • Year of birth
  • Height
  • Complexion
  • Hair
  • Eyes
  • Date of ticket
  • District
  • General remarks

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