The National Museum of Australia has 314 convict love tokens in its collection. These tokens were made by convicts around the time of their sentencing and were given to friends and loved ones as mementos.

What is a convict love token?

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Token engraved with a border of leaves around the bottom half and rope or chain around the top, and three lines of text:

ELIJAH SWAINSON
CAST FOR DEATH
5th July 1817

Lozza says:

"Wanted to come to Australia but couldn’t afford the fare, deliberately stole 8 shillings from a haberdashe...

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Sophie_Jensen says:

Hi Simon - thanks for letting us know about the link between these tokens and the back story of the convict...

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Simon Barnard says:

For more info on this token, see that of James Pratt

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Simon Barnard says:

Hiya, this token and that of Walter Jones are very similar and were probably produced by an engraver who op...

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