desalasworks presents:

a selection of works by steven de salas

Tasmanian Convict Finder

Browse and search through detailed records of 85,000 convicts transported to Tasmania and those convicted locally through the convict system (1803-1893).


This app uses publicly available data from data.gov.au provided by LINC and the Department of Education in Tasmania, as well as newspaper articles sourced from the National Library of Australia.

It is cross-platform and available in both iPhone and Android version.



Research your Ancestry

The app provides a useful reference for anyone seeking to find out more about the convict history of this beautiful island in Australia, and is a handy pocket guide for people researching their ancestry.


Initially built as an entry into Govhack 2015, this app was completed though unfortunately not in time to join the prize lists.



  1. Hi Stephen,
    I am the curator of the Tasmania Police Museum. We have been using the Tasmanian Convict Finder as a means of research in relation to convict police. Unfortunately it appears that the app is not working anymore. Are you able to confirm this as it has provided a means of research for the museum

    Greg Chambers

    0417 550 804

  2. Jacqui Brock says:

    Will there be an update to the Convict Research App please.
    Thank you

  3. steven says:

    Hi Greg,

    Thanks for your interest in the app. I knew the app store had unlisted it but was unaware that it had stopped working.

    Thanks. Will look into it as soon as I can.

    Kind Regards,

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