While the power is out, read "Fatal shore", you can find it for a few bucks, I would guess. One of the best reads on Englands colonization.
And the Aussie unfortunates were also often sold and rented to the landowners, if they survived the passage, the sodomites, and the first hundred lashes.
I have not found any writing on Englands criminal transport to America, outside of one nice Three stooges episode.
Perhaps we are descended from them.
Here is an epic read for 100 pennies. Books are going out of style. And note the heading photo on the link.