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Once installed in the colony, the convict's life was one of unpaid manual labour, until he or she had worked long enough to qualify for a ticket-of-leave, the final stage before release.
Despite his venenatious reputation, Wainewright was never convicted of any crime other than forgery, for which he stood trial at the Old Bailey in July 1837; but that was enough to get him to the hulks at Portsmouth, and shipped off thence to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), where he died, a ticket-of-leave man, aged fifty-three, in 1847.
The first major legislation concerning conditional release occurred in 1899 in the form of the Ticket-of-Leave Act, which offered offenders early release (clemency) that was independent of earned remission.