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New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930

This is a collection of gaol description and entrance books from prisons in New South Wales that are basically two different, but similar records. The first set of records was kept at the Sydney and Darlinghurst prisons and was kept before the New South Wales government required it. The Sydney Gaol held prisoners until 1841 when they were transferred to the new gaol at Darlinghurst. The Sydney and Darlinghurst gaols have records that stretch from 1830-1850.

The other series of description books started after a proclamation in the New South Wales Government Gazette in 1867 required the description books be kept for incoming and outgoing prisoners. This collection contains books from 11 different prisons or gaols in New South Wales. The descriptions are 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 (1884-1930), and Trial Bay (1892-1901).

The first set of records from Sydney and Darlinghurst isn’t as detailed and may not contain a photograph, but will have most important pieces of information. The records may contain:

* 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
* Trial information
* Details of previous convictions

Remember is available free to use in the Library for GSV Members

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