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Nicked! Tracing criminals and their crimes in Britain and Australia


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Carol Baxter not only has convict ancestors of her own, she researches and writes about criminals in her popular histories – which fall within the sub-genre “true historical crime”. In fact, two of her books were long-listed for the Davitt Award for women crime writers. She edited the CD-ROM Convicts to NSW 1787 to 1812 (Society of Australian Genealogists, 2002) – a transcription and compilation of all the convict transportation records for that period – and, while General Editor for the Biographical Database of Australia, edited similar records for later years. In tracing transported British convicts as well as colonial criminals – like the perpetrators of Australia’s largest bank robbery (1828), the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt (1860s) and, currently, the last women executed in NSW (1889) – she has used a broad range of Australian criminal and general records, and consequently has an in-depth knowledge of the sources available for both British and Australian criminals.  

45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation