Convict Records of Australia

Are you the descendant of a convict?

Utilising just released data from the State Library of Queensland, I have put together a searchable database of the British Convict transportation register. Over 123,000 of the 160,000 convicts transported to Australia are in this database – check out your families Convict Records!

I have already found some interesting facts – Did You Know: 603 convicts carried the name John Smith – the most common name in the records?

Don’t miss the convict facts for all sorts of weird and interesting things.  Over time I will be adding information about the First Fleet, Second Fleet and Third Fleet, the lifestyle of convicts and more.

Did I mention its free?

No DVD Sound in Windows Media Player?

Had a nice little surprise today after getting a brand new computer, I had no audio available in Windows Media Player. This is basically a result of the machine not having the correct codecs – you’d think Microsoft would be smart enough to include this stuff by default, but alas no. Even after upgrading to WMP11 I still had no luck.

After a bit of research, I discovered if you have this problem, you likely need the AC3 codec. Its dead easy to install – just go here, get the installer and install and restart Windows Media Player.

Disable Overtype Mode In Microsoft Word Permanently!

By default in Microsoft Word, when you hit insert key, Word jumps into overtype mode, which writes over the text at the cursor instead of inserting new characters. This drives many people insane. The fact that it is a default behaviour remains to be seen.

How to fix overtype mode:

There are two options to remedy this:

1. Go to Tools > Options > Edit > Overtype Mode

And uncheck the Overtype mode box.


2. Kill the Insert Key:
1. Start Word
2. Click on the Tools menu
3. Click Customize
4. Click the Options tab
5. Click Keyboard
6. Under the Categories dropdown box, select All Commands
7. Under the Commands dropdown box, select Overtype
8. Under the Current keys downdown box, select Insert
9. Click Remove
10. Click Close until the dialog windows close.

Thanks to the guys at, where I discovered this information after years of using method 1! this guy deserves a medal!