Later these records were kept by the Colonial Secretary.
Some records were transferred to the Principal Superintendent of Convicts in 1828 [see NRS 1186] but the original indents remained with the Colonial Secretary’s Office .
List of books transferred to the Principal Superintendent of Convicts - this item includes the Alphabetical Indents, 1788-1800 as other records (such as indents and registers of pardons, certificates of freedom and tickets of leave) NRS 1186 [4/6265] 1186_4_6265_000001 ‘Indent’ is short for ‘indenture’. Contractors agreed to transport the convicts to New South Wales. The Archives of the Colonial Secretary’s Department, New South Wales, 1788-1856.
There are longhand numbers (see above), page numbers for individual documents (often at the bottom of the pages) and page numbers for the collection of documents as a whole, eg. Some early lists of convict names are not included in NRS 1150, [SZ115] and [4/3999].
The Orders in Council had not been sent out with the First Fleet.
Copies of the Orders in Council for the First and Second Fleets were transmitted to Governor Phillip in Letter No.10 of the 19 February 1791. Phillip had written on 9 July 1788, ‘The masters of the transports having left with the agents the bonds and whatever papers they received that related to the convicts, I have no account of the time for which the convicts are sentenced, or the dates of their convictions’ ( I, i, 57).
Indentures are the basic convict document recording their names, where they were tried and when they were tried and the lengths of their sentences.
Orders in Council are official documents recording decisions of the King in Council. Phillip, Arthur, The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay with an Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island.