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Details of original Australian convicts released

The personal details of convicts sent down under 200 years ago have been put online.

The British government has released the details to coincide with Australia Day on Tuesday, allowing individuals to search through an online data base to check if they are descended from criminals.

If they do find they have convict ancestors, most Australians are unlikely to be perturbed – surveys have revealed that many regard having a convict as an early family member as an interesting talking point at dinner parties.

‘The Colony’. Many Australians will be able to trace the details of their ancestry on Tuesday

Many of the convicts sent to Australia in the 1700s and 1800s were transported for minor crimes such as stealing bread or riding off with someone’s horse.

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