The  early colonial church registers of baptisms,  marriages  and burials  are  somewhat 
disappointing, to say the  least,  from  a genealogical  point  of view. Often there is just 
a  date  and  a name,  no place nor other identifying information. This  database attempts  
to  redress this lack of detail by combining the data  in  the church registers with data from the 
convict shipping indents, the early colonial musters of 1802, 1806, 1811, 1814, 1822, 1825, 
the "1828  Census  of  New  South  Wales"  and  any  other   relevent comtempory documents.
During  the  first  'decade' there were  7,378  convict  arrivals (6,023  males 
and 1,355 females) plus the New South Wales  Corps. Added  to which there were 
1,800 births less 1,820  deaths. 
For this first 'decade' the rate of identification of the fathers was 86%. 
Similarly the rate of identification of the mothers  was 86%.
The  number  of  marriages  was  540.  The  number  of  de  facto relationships 
was 522. 
The  rate of identification of the 'grooms' was 93% and  for  the 'brides' 91%.
The  high  number  of deaths 1,820 (being 20%  of  arrivals  plus births)  reflected 
the extend of the near starvation  during  the early years of the settlement.
The  number of executions was 47.
The rate of identification of the deceased was 84%.
The  state of 'morality' in the colony can be jugded by the  fact that  only 
58% of children born were baptised, the number  of  de facto  relationships  was  
very nearly equal  to  the  number  of marriages  and  only  82% of the deceased  
received  a  Christian burial.
Thus  by the end of the first 'decade' of the colony's  existence it can be 
estimated that the population was around 8,000 souls.

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