Dataset The First Fleet - dataset collections

TLF ID M007943

The dataset provides information about 780 of the convicts transported to Australia on the First Fleet ships 'Alexander', 'Charlotte', 'Lady Penrhyn', 'Friendship', 'Prince of Wales' and 'Scarborough' in 1788. The dataset includes information on items such as the convict's name, occupation, crime, date of trial and term of transportation. The dataset is in MS Excel format.

Educational details

Educational value
  • Provides raw data about some of the convicts who sailed on the First Fleet transportation ships for students to explore, question and analyse.
  • Provides information, where available, about the convicts such as their name, background, date and place of trial, crime, term of sentence, name of ship on which the convict sailed, departure date and date of death.
  • Links to explanatory notes about sources of the data and definition of terms, and provides further resources.
  • Provides opportunities for teachers to devise a range of learning tasks using raw data for different learning areas and year levels.
  • Links to units of work that integrate the dataset into challenging learning activities in Mathematics and History.
Year level

4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • History
  • Mathematics

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL:
  • Name: State Library of New South Wales
  • Organization: State Library of New South Wales
  • Description: Author
  • Address: NSW, AUSTRALIA
  • URL:
  • Publisher
  • Name: State Library of New South Wales
  • Organization: State Library of New South Wales
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: NSW, AUSTRALIA
  • URL:
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL:
Access profile
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Online
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