Blog post from Friday, 18 April, 2014

Billy Blue, 1834 / J. B. East

William ‘Billy’ Blue was a Jamaican convict ferry master of some local fame because of his aphorisms and lively banter. Governor Macquarie gave him a grant of land on the North Shore - now Blues Point

Read about the life of Billy Blue in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

You can learn more about your convict ancestors trail, prison and hulk records by consulting the Australian Joint Copying Project microfilm collections held in the Mitchell Library.

These and related convict records are described in the Library’s Research Guide “Convicts: Bound for Australia”.