Any person is eligible to join the Group. Members may submit claims for proof of descent from a convict to the Groups Examiner of Proofs and Certificates will be issued for claims proven.
Members attain the status of Descendant Members on proof of their claim. Certificates, for each descended convict, will be issued at the first meeting of the Group, following verification of proofing documents.
A joining fee of A$20 (Australian Dollars), together with A$25 subscription fee, must accompany each application for membership. An annual fee of A$25 is payable in May of each year thereafter and must be lodged with the Treasurer by 1 June of each year. Unfinancial members, after this date, will have their names deleted from the mailing list. First annual fees for members joining after the November meeting will fall due on the following May twelve months.
Joint Family Membership is available to two members at one address on payment of a A$20 joining fee together with A$30 joint subscription. An annual fee of A$30 is payable in May of each year for each joint membership.
Note Children up to the age of 18 years can be included in a Family Membership. If certificates are required, on proof of child's descendancy an additional cost may be charged.
Date of birth of each child must be given, and on the 18th Birthday of each child they will automatically be removed from The Family Membership. Separate membership then needs to be arranged.
Life Membership is available on payment of a $20 joining fee plus ten times the annual subscription. (A$250 single, and A$300 joint membership, maximum 2 Adults)
N.B Children under 18 cannot be part of Joint Life Membership.
To join or renew please complete the Membership Application / Renewal Form
All members are entitled to receive "The Mail" Newsletter.(One copy per Joint Family Membership).
Proving your descent from a convict
The following documents are required to be sent to the Examiner of proofs.
- A separate claim form is to be submitted for each convict ancestor claimed.
- Evidence of descent should be in the form of Certificates from official registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths, or of Wills or other official Documents.
- Evidence of date of arrival should be supplied as a photocopy of a Convict Indent or as an official document of a State Archive.
- In the event of the above records being unavailable, secondary evidence such as family papers or published records may be submitted for consideration.
- Only LEGIBLE photocopies should be submitted for examination. These will be returned to you.
The copy of the convict indent is essential as this is taken as the convict's birth certificate.
Here is a claim form to help you with collecting your information to send through to our Examiner of Proofs.