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 flowerpot and leaf decoration at the base, and nine lines of text:

Dear mother
when this you see
Remember me
and bear me in your
mind let all the **
world say what 
thay will speak of
as you find
R.* Turner 1834

Sophie_Jensen says:

Hi Linda - It does seem harsh. His statement in his own defence of 'It was thrown into my hand' didn't seem...

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Linda Young says:

22 years a convict in NSW, for stealing a handkerchief... 5/- sounds like a lot for a handkerchief (even if...

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Simona says:

I also like this one. So very sad

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Brett says:

Text suggestions: Obverse: No dot between James and Broker, but a curlicue to the capital 'B', like the 'B...

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