Free Settler or Felon 

Newcastle and Hunter Valley

Convict & Colonial History

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Use the Search Box above to find your Hunter Valley Ancestor.

Free Settler or Felon is an on-going project gathering details of the lives of people who lived in the Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Central Coast in the early days of settlement. Broadly they are classified by their status on arrival - convict or free

Find out more about many of the Convict Ships arriving in New South Wales, Norfolk Island, Van Diemen's Land and Fremantle between the years 1788 and 1862 and also about free settlers and immigrants.

The men who served as Surgeons on Convict Ships are on separate pages.

See also:
The First Fleet 1788
Coal Miners
Medical Practitioners
Military Officers
Law and Order
Indigenous Notes
Placenames in the Hunter Valley
Latest History News

Find out details of the lives of Female Convicts many of whom were sent to the Hunter Valley district

For more information about Hunter Valley Doctors, Officers, Soldiers or Police, enter their title in the First Name search field, eg. Rev - Dr- Constable - Major - Captain - Corporal etc.

Other subjects include
Mounted Police
Hanging Rock Gold Rush

Areas include: Maitland, Dungog, Wollombi, Scone, Newcastle, Brisbane Water, Raymond Terrace, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Murrurundi, Merton, Paterson, Lake Macquarie, Lochinvar, Jerrys Plains, Morpeth, Cassilis, Hinton, Clarencetown, Black Creek, Port Stephens, Hexham, Sugar loaf, Tamworth and many more.

Browse the Links page to find Journals, Diaries and Reminiscences of life in colonial New South Wales or find the latest Australian History News here

Members of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori communities are advised that this site contains names and images of deceased people.

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