The Female Convicts Research Centre is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers.
Female convicts were transported to Tasmania (then called Van Diemen's Land) from 1803, when the colony was founded, to 1853, when transportation to Van Diemen's Land ceased. Some female convicts transported to New South Wales also made their home in Tasmania. This website is dedicated to all of these women, many of them our ancestors.
Invitation to November Research Seminar: From the Edges of Empire
Although most women transported to the Australian colonies were born and tried within the British Isles, some came from other parts of the Empire. These women from elsewhere form the theme of the research seminar to be held on Saturday 9 November 2013 in the Penitentiary Chapel, Hobart. If you have not yet registered, please contact Colette McAlpine. View the program.
We have recently become incorporated and so have changed our name to the Female Convicts Research Centre Inc. We were formerly known as the Female Convicts Research Group (Tasmania) and the Female Factory Research Group.
- Seminar Media Report—Feature article in The Mercury, 9 November 2013, Untold story of our deep convict past (21 November 2013)
- Book Review—Patchwork Prisoners: The Rajah Quilt and the women who made it, by Trudy Cowley & Dianne Snowden, reviewed by Alison Alexander (14 November 2013)
- Documentary—Banished Women (Mna Dibeartha) premieres on TG4 in Ireland on 25 September 2013 at 9:30 pm (24 September 2013)
- Story—Skirting the Law? Mrs Harriot Davis, nee Neat: Bushranger harbourer or innocent bystander?, by Fiona MacFarlane (10 September 2013)
- Article—Invisible Stories: The Presence of Female Convicts in Queensland Following the Closure of the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement in 1842, by Jan Richardson (5 September 2013)
- Vandemonian Lags—new songs from the prison without walls (17 August 2013)
- Transcribing publicity—History buffs on the convict trail, The Australian 7 August 2013 (8 August 2013)
- Book—Women, Infanticide and the Press: News Narratives of Women in England and Australia 1822–1922 by Nicola Goc (30 July 2013)
- National Family History Month—events at LINC Tasmania (27 July 2013)
- Inquest—death of Ellen Parker per Sea Queen (27 July 2013)
- Book—Patchwork Prisoners: the Rajah Quilt and the women who made it by Trudy Cowley and Dianne Snowden (22 July 2013)
- Newspaper Article—life in Cascades Female Factory in 1838 (22 May 2013)
- Sick List—transcript of the Sick List and Vaccination List for the Blackfriar 1851 (22 May 2013)
- Seminar Papers—papers from our Autumn 2013 Seminar are now available (22 May 2013)
- Book—The Ambitions of Jane Franklin: Victorian Lady Adventurer by Alison Alexander (8 April 2013)
- Book—Deadly Australian Women, by Kay Saunders (20 March 2013)
- Newspaper Article—The children of mothers in the convict system of Van Diemen's Land, by Lucy Frost (18 March 2013)
- Convict Ships—transcript of the surgeon's journal for Aurora II 1851 by Colleen Arulappu (16 March 2013)
- Launceston Female Factory—numbers of women and children in the factory on 31 December 1842 (12 March 2013)
- Books—Way Back When: People, Places and Events ... Contributed stories about the early days of settlement in northern Tasmania, edited by Anne M Bartlett (9 March 2013)
- Surgeon's Journal—transcript of the General Remarks section of the Surgeon's Journal for the Hydery 1832 (22 February 2013)
- Article—Protecting the Children: Early Years of the King's Orphan Schools in Van Diemen's Land by Lucy Frost (12 February 2013)
- Website Links—link to Tasmanian Lower Court Records on TAHO website (29 January 2013)
- Musters—information about Ticket-of-Leave musters in 1842 (26 January 2013)
- Book Review—Alison Alexander reviews Hannah, a novel by Raymond W Clarke (22 January 2013)
- Book Review—Alison Alexander reviews The Transportation of Women from Kildare to Van Diemen's Land in 1849 by Catherine Fleming (22 January 2013)
- Profiles—story of Jane Huntingdon per Atwick 1838 by Lorraine Roberts (13 January 2013)
Are you a descendant of a Tasmanian female convict? Or are you researching a particular female convict or convicts?
If so, please consider submitting your details and those of your convict(s) to our
using the Submit a Convict form.
Please note that the Female Convicts in Van Diemen's Land database was formerly known as the Female Family Founders Database.
Are you interested in female convicts generally?
Please consider becoming a member by completing the Register as a Member form. Membership is free.
As a member, you will have access to the members area of this website, which provides access to our Female Convicts in Van Diemen's Land database, and receive emails about our activities and research.
We welcome members from interstate and overseas, as well as those from Tasmania.