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Grangegorman Penitentiary: An Institutional History.  Dr. Bláthnaid Nolan, recently awarded a PhD from University College, Dublin, will be  presenting a seminar on 5 June at the University of Tasmania (Room 477A, Humanities Bldg, Sandy Bay campus). Her talk will focus on the establishment of Grangegorman, the Dublin prison where Irish women and their children were held before they boarded the convict ships sailing for Van Diemens Land. Grangegorman was the first exclusively female prison in the British Isles, and yet its history has been strangely neglected. This seminar is open to the public, and members of the FCRC are cordially invited to attend. 
Website Review: The FCRC will be reviewing and updating this website in August.  If you have any suggestions on how to improve your experience on this website please contact us with your suggestions by the end of July.



Banished Look out for Banished a new BBC show about the settlement of NSW. You can read a review here.



Members of the Liverpool and South West Lancashire Family History Society, with the support of Pat Bellas, have now researched the lives and trials of well over 200 of the women born in or transported from Lancashire. Stephanie McComb, who is transcribing trial documents from the Liverpool archives, supports their work. Stephanie also came to Tasmania to attend our November seminar last year.



The Cornwall Family History Society, supported by Lynne Tasker, has completed researching the lives of over 70 women born in or transported from Cornwall. They have now started the huge task of researching male convicts transported to VDL.



Our volunteer team:Lois Newham is one of our longest serving members of our volunteer team. She supports, trains and encourages a dedicated group of volunteer transcribers as well as transcribing a large number of ship’s conduct, indent and description lists herself.

Alan Baker has now completed transcribing the CON40 records for 16 ships. Both he and Lois are experts at reading records and understanding the convict system. We have a wonderful team of volunteers!

Thanks so much to our sterling volunteers.