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You are invited to the launch of Van Diemen’s Women - a History of Transportation to Tasmania by John Kavanagh and Dianne Snowden to be held at the Cascades Female Factory, 16 Degraves Street, South Hobart on Saturday 5 December at 2.00pm.


New Book by Stephen Lucas This book tells the story of an Australian family from a Quaker village in Ireland, through transportation, Eureka Stockade and Outback Queensland. It examines the incidence of PTSD in female convicts and transmission to their offspring. Details of the book along with purchase details can be found at www.atraumaticbirth.com


From the Edges of Empire: convict women from beyond the British Isles:  edited by Lucy Frost & Colette McAlpine, the latest publication fromCONVICT WOMEN’S PRESS INC was launched by The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, Sue Hickey, on Sunday 8th November.

Most Australians today will be surprised to learn that women were sent to the Australian colonies after trials in Mauritius, the Cape Colony (South Africa), India, Honduras, or Barbados. This book tells stories of women born in places outside the British Isles, women whose journeys across the world began well before they stood in a courtroom to be sentenced to transportation “beyond the Seas”.


Latest Release by Alison Alexander:

Corruption & Skullduggery: Edward Lord, Maria Riseley and Hobart's tempestuous beginnings

The story of Van Diemen's Land's most successful female convict, set among the corruption, drunkenness, immorality and general shenanigans of early Hobart. Book is available online at www.alisonalexander.com.au


Convict Women’s Press Inc now has its own website, with an online shop, at http://www.convictwomenspress.com.au.  FCRC members are reminded that the two organisations are separately incorporated. If you would like to become a member of CWP, contact the organisation at: info@convictwomenspress.com.au


Two new books from Douglas Wilkie.

The Journal of Madame Callegari

This tells the true story behind Alexandre Dumas’s 1855 book The Journal of Madame Giovanni. Who was Madame Giovanni? She was really Madame Callegari. And before that, she was Louisa La Grange a young Frenchwoman transported to Van Diemen’s Land in 1843. The story of her adventures must be one of the most remarkable tales of a woman’s travels in the mid nineteenth century. Brochure (PDF) on The Journal of Madame Callegari


The Life and Loves of Eugene Rossiet Lennon, Professeur Extraordinaire

Louisa La Grange’s original accomplice in crime was Eugene Lennon. He too was transported to Van Diemen’s Land. But he led a totally different life as a tutor, teacher, villain and hero. Eventually, after marrying and moving to Geelong he was head master of the Flinders National School for nearly thirty years and was hailed as ‘the father of modern education’ in Geelong. His school still exists today, as does his legacy. Brochure (PDF) on Eugene Lennon


Details of both books along with purchase details can be found on the Historia Incognita website at http://historiaincognita.net/

Recent Updates

  • Books, Theses & Reports -

    From the Edges of Empire: Convict Women From Beyond the British Isles, Edited by Lucy Frost and Colette McAlpine;

    A Traumatic Birth by Stephen Lucas

    Corruption & Skullduggery: Edward Lord, Maria Riseley and Hobart's tempestuous beginning by Alison Alexander

  • Petitions - Sarah Wood per Harmony; Elizabeth Allender per Persia (22 November 2015)
  • Petitions - Mary Needham per Borneo; Elizabeth Smith per Harmony; Elizabeth Lewis, Mary Williams per Midas; Elizabeth Miller per Mermaid; Mary Wilkes per Sovereign (16 November 2015)
  • Petitions - Mary Holland, Harmony 1828, Mary Ann Lyons per Mermaid 1828, Susan Corfield per Mary 1823, Sarah Wilson per Mermaid 1828 (13 November, 2015)
  • Convict Ships Lists - Surgeon's Journal for Duke of Cornwall 1850 - transcribed by Colleen Arulappu (13 November 2015)