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In fact, it appears that some convicts made more than one successful application to marry, often seeking to marry a different person on each occasion.

While the registers can add considerably to the convict’s ‘profile’, they can also be a valuable resource for tracing those elusive ancestors who may have ‘arrived free’ but have proved to be difficult to locate in the shipping lists.

Marriage for a convict still serving his or her sentence may have resulted in better working or living conditions.

Marriage was clearly seen as an indulgence and it was therefore necessary to apply to the Governor for permission to marry.

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