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Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data:
  • Photographic Description Books [Albury Gaol]. Series 1966. State Records Reel 5082. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Photographic Description Books [Armidale Gaol]. Series 1989. State Records Reel 5083. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Photographic Description Books [Bathurst Gaol]. Series 1998. State Records Reels 5084-5092. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Photographic Description Books [Berrima Gaol]. Series 2021. State Records Reel 5093. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Photographic Description Books [Biloela Gaol]. Series 2027. State Records Reel 5094. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Photographic Description Books [Broken Hill Gaol]. Series 2057. State Records Reel 5095. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Photographic Description Books [Darlinghurst Gaol]. Series 2138. State Records Reels 5097-5106. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Photographic Description Books [Deniliquin Gaol]. Series 2191. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Photographic Description Books [Dubbo Gaol]. Series 2202. State Records Reel 5096. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Photographic Description Books [Goulburn Gaol]. Series 2232. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Photographic Description Books [Trial Bay Gaol]. Series 2549. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Description books [Sydney Gaol and Darlinghurst Gaol]. Series 2523. State Records Reels 857-889. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Description books [Sydney Gaol]. Series 2517. State Records Reels 855-856. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Entrance books [Sydney Gaol and Darlinghurst Gaol]. Series 2519. State Records Reel 854. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Entrance books [Sydney Gaol]. Series 2514. State Records Reels 850-853. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Entrance books [Sydney Gaol]. Series 2515. State Records Reel 1864. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Entrance books [Sydney Gaol]. NRS 2514, Reels 850-853. State Records Authority of New South Wales. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Entrance books [Sydney Gaol]. NRS 2515, Reels 1864. State Records Authority of New South Wales. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Entrance books [Sydney and Darlinghurst Gaol]. NRS 2519, Reels 854. State Records Authority of New South Wales. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Description books [Sydney Gaol and Darlinghurst Gaol]. NRS 2523, Reels 857-889. State Records Authority of New South Wales. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Description books [Sydney Gaol]. NRS 2517, Reels 855-856. State Records Authority of New South Wales. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Gaol Photograph Description Books. NRS 1966, 1989, 1998, 2021, 2027, 2057, 2191, 2202, 2138, 2232, 2549. 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, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930

This collection of gaol description and entrance books from prisons in New South Wales contain two different, but similar, records. The first were kept before the New South Wales government required record keeping. These include records from both Sydney and Darlinghurst gaols (Sydney held prisoners until 1841, when they were transferred to the new gaol at Darlinghurst), as well as Albury (1861–1867), Berrima (1840–1847), Goldburn (1848–1867), Maitland (1860–1867), and Newcastle (1840–1859).

The other series of books started after a proclamation in the New South Wales Government Gazette in 1867 required that description books be kept for incoming and outgoing prisoners. This collection contains books from 12 different prisons, or gaols, in New South Wales. The descriptions include individual records for each prisoner with pictures and personal information used as a detailed prisoner file. This collection contains records from:

  • Albury (1876–1929)
  • Armidale (1894–1915)
  • Bathurst (1874–1930)
  • Berrima (1883–1888)
  • Biloela (1885–1906)
  • Broken Hill (1904–1929)
  • Darlinghurst (1869–1914)
  • Deniliquin (1895–1929)
  • Dubbo (1889–1920)
  • Goulburn (1867–1930)
  • Maitland (1867–1930)
  • Trial Bay (1892–1901)

The earlier books aren’t as detailed and may not contain a photograph, but they will have most important pieces of information. The records may contain the following details:

  • number
  • name
  • aliases
  • date portrait was taken
  • native place
  • birth year
  • ship and year of arrival
  • trade or occupation
  • religion
  • standard of education
  • height
  • entrance and exit weight
  • hair color
  • eye color
  • marks or special features
  • crime
  • trial information
  • details of previous convictions

This collection also contains a few volumes that are indexes to entrance or description books.

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