A Sydney woman has donated convict letters from the early 1800s to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
Syliva Cridland’s great, great uncle James Cridland was convicted of forgery and sentenced to 14 years transportation in 1821.
He wrote letters to his father and brother over a period of more than 20 years, describing life on a prison hulk at sea and as a free man in Tasmania.
Ms Cridland has given the collection to the museum.
“I don’t have any children and I just thought, what’s going to happen to these wonderful letters when I die?”
Museum Curator, Elspeth Wishart says the collection is historically significant.
“It adds another dimension. A lot of our material is focussed on Port Arthur or Hobart.”
The letters were written between 1821 and 1844.