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As a recent book, Canadians in Australia by Jim Bennett and Ian Fry makes clear, connections and interchanges between the two nations are rather more plentiful than most would expect, whether it be our shared Commonwealth past or the surprising fact that the Eureka Flag was designed by a Canadian involved in that up-rising. Perhaps one of the least known associations is that of the transported English and French Canadian 'convicts' as a result of rebellions in Upper and Lower Canada (now Ontario and Quebec respectively) in 1837 and 1838. As a French Canadian, who has recently discovered a possible relative among the francophone convicts sent out here in 1839, I have a particular interest in the latter.