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Launch of Edges of Empire Biographical Dictionary

Following the November 2015 Launch of their latest paperback "From the Edges of Empire: Convict Women from beyond the British Isles", Convict Women's Press have now launched the book's companion website:  Edges of Empire Biographical Dictionary. with accounts of over 160 female convicts who were tried or born outside the British Isles, compiled by Female Convicts Research Centre members.

London Lives 1690-1800

This project is a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.  You can access it by following this link.

A BBC documentary, The Secret History of My Family S1E1 the Gadbury Sisters,

has just aired in the UK. It tells the story of three sisters tried in the 1830s and traces their descendants.

One of the Gadbury sisters arrived in VDL on the Majestic in 1839 as Sarah Cope (ID7910 in our database). Her aliases included Sarah Cape, Caroline Gadbury, Bradbury, Gadley and Gantry. She married Charles Chapman in 1854 and he died in 1855. The couple had had three daughters, two of whom died in infancy.

In 1860, Sarah married George Ogilvie, a blacksmith and a widower with one surviving son, James. George’s first wife, and the mother of his two sons, was also a convict named Caroline Justin. (ID9720) She arrived on the Navarino in 1841. She died in 1855.

Sarah Cope died as Caroline Cissy Ogilvie, at the home of her daughter, Sarah Ann, in New Town, in 1895. George Ogilvie died in 1894.

Acknowledgement to FCRC

The work of FCRC is praised in an article by Janet McCalman et al: 'Building a Life Course Dataset from Australian Convict Records: Founders & Survivors: Australian Life Courses in Historical Context, 1803–1920' in the recent release of Gerrit Bloothooft et al. (eds), Population Reconstruction, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, 2015.​  The article is a great overview of how the FCRC gather data and how it's used by the Founders and Survivors project.



Recent Updates

  • Past Seminars Papers from April's seminar are now being added
  • Genealogy - Sidney (Sydney) Keelan - one who went home to Ireland.
  • Seminars - Spring 2016 Seminar has just been announced. Preliminary notice and call for papers.(3 May 2016)
  • Voyages - Maria 1849 (2) - An Interesting Story, (3 May 2016)
  • Convict Stories - Rachael Wright: Stealing an infant of tender years (2 May 2016)
  • Overcrowding - Population of Van Diemen's Land 1833 - extracted from Waterford Mail 16 November 1833(2 May 2016)
  • Voyages - Midas 1826 (24 April 2016)
  • Voyages - Frances Charlotte 1832, Duke of Cornwall 1850, Maria 1849 (19 April 2016)
  • Voyages - The Earl Grey 1849:  Departure of Female Convicts from Kingstown, Information taken from Dublin Evening Post 13 December 1849 (16 April 2016)