Convict life: a convict career
Over 75,000 convicts served time in Van Diemen's Land. The Calcutta carried the first convicts from NSW in 1803 and the St Vincent disembarked the final convicts to Hobart in 1853. Until 1812 all VDL convicts came via NSW. These early convicts had poor documentation. The Indefatigible brought the first transported convicts directly from England in 1811. The term convict applied to those transported from England and its Colonies as well as those convicted locally.