Fremantle Prison issues Descendants Certificates to recognise descendants of convicts, enrolled pensioner guards and warders who arrived at the Swan River Colony between 1850 and 1887.

These certificates recognise the contribution that the system of convict transportation made to the early development of the colony and its rich legacy in Western Australia's cultural and built heritage.

Direct descendants of Western Australian convicts, enrolled pensioner guards and warders who arrived at the Swan River Colony between 1850 and 1887 are invited to apply for a certificate in the 2016 round of applications. The Convict Database may assist with further information.

If you wish to apply for a Descendants Certificate please complete a pedigree chart, including birth and death dates in the direct line between yourself and your related convict; pensioner guard; or warder. It would also assist us if you could submit any copies you may have of birth, death and marriage certificates in the direct line of the above. Please do not include original documentation with your submission.

Please take the time to read the Frequently Asked Questions document before completing your application. This document should help answer any questions you may have regarding eligibility and how to apply. 

Completed applications should be sent to: 

Descendants Certificates 2017
Fremantle Prison
1 The Terrace
FREMANTLE WA 6160

Your information will be processed in due course and we will advise you of your eligibility. You will not receive further correspondence from the Prison until late April 2017.

Applications must be received by Friday 10 March 2017.