Some of the most interesting and informative publications that are available to researchers are the Government Gazettes.
The following are both from July 1840 and provide a wealth of information about absconded convicts, male and female, and from United Kingdom and Ireland. (Irish marked with green line)
Not only do we get quite comprehensive physical descriptions, but also where they are from, what ship they came on, their crime, assumed names if any, their standing such as holder of Certificates or Tickets of Leave (often stolen), where they were living or working, and when they were found if applicable.
Are any of your ancestors or persons of interest in these lists?
New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), Wednesday 8 July 1840 (No.41) National Library of Australia http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230138043