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How many convicts were transported to Western Australia?


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2008-09-30 10:14:43
2008-09-30 10:14:43

Approximately 9,720 British convicts altogether were sent to the Western Australian colony.

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Sources vary, but the total number of convicts transported to Australia is estimated to have been around 162,000. Estimates vary from 157,000 to 165,000.

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It seems that they they did relatively well on the First Fleet. However the same can not be said for the many convicts transported to Australia after that.

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Sources vary, but according to the Australian Government Culture Portal, there were 751 convicts that disembarked from the First Fleet. Around 180 of these were women.

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It is estimated that, from the time of the First Fleet until the time transportation ceased with the final shipload of convicts to Western Australia in 1868, a total of around 162,000 convicts came to Australia.

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It is impossible to know. During the years of convict transportation to Australia, over 165,000 men, women and children were transported to Australia, and it is not known how many of these died enroute. With regard to the First Fleet, 23 convicts died on the journey.


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