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Remembering the Convict Women and their Children: Sculptures for the Hobart Waterfront. “Footsteps towards Freedom” is a project aiming to honour the convict women and their children at the landing place on Hunter Island. After an international call for expressions of interest, the sculptor chosen for this project is Rowan Gillespie, the Irish creator of the world-famous “Famine” statues in Dublin. He is coming to Tasmania to immerse himself in the convict story and to familiarise himself with the site. You are cordially invited to hear Rowan Gillespie discuss the project on Monday 22 June 2015 at 5.30pm in the Dechaineux Lecture Theatre, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart. For further information about the project, go to:

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.