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What that meant, what it means

By the time you read these words of The Legal Genealogist, it will be sometime Monday, February 8th, in my home country of the United States.

But it will already be Tuesday, February 9th, in Australia.

Which is where The Legal Genealogist will be, by the time you read these words.

I will have been transported — by means of a very large very modern airplane operated by a company called Qantas — from my home to the Land Down Under, where I will be for most of the next month.

Map1First, I’ll be in Brisbane, visiting fellow genealogists. Then a bunch of us will fly to Auckland, New Zealand, where Paul Blake and I will present on Saturday, February 13th, at the Central City Library in Whare Wananga.1

And then… and then…

On Sunday, February 14th, along with dozens of other enthusiastic researchers, we set sail on the Celebrity Solstice for the 10th Unlock the Past Cruise. Stopping in nine ports, we sail from New Zealand to Perth, Australia, arriving there on the 3rd of March.2

From there, it’s on to Brisbane again for a final set of presentations, and back to the United States on March 6th.


Talk about being transported!

But that, of course, is not what used to be meant by being transported to Australia.

Not at all.

Transportation, as a legal matter, is “a species of punishment consisting in removing the criminal from his own country to another, (usually a penal colony,) there to remain in exile for a prescribed period.”3

Somehow I don’t look at the next few weeks as a punishment…


  1. See “Judy Russell and Paul Blake down under,” Auckland Council Libraries ( : accessed 7 Feb 2016).
  2. See “10th Unlock the Past cruise – New Zealand to Australia,” Unlock the Past ( : accessed 7 Feb 2016).
  3. Henry Campbell Black, A Dictionary of Law (St. Paul, Minn. : West, 1891), 1184, “transportation.”
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