About the images
Some 67,000 Victorian criminal records from the Dorset History Centre have been digitised and made available online via family history website Ancestry.co.uk. The records, which include details of arsonists, murderers and a man who was given hard labour for stealing a duck, also feature Dorset’s prison registers from 1782–1901 and 1854–1904. Many of the records contain photographs of the detained.
The documents are available to view for a fee via Ancestry.co.uk, and can be accessed for free using the public computers at the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester.