Seminar 8th October 2017

Seminar April 2016

Female Convicts Research Centre Seminar

Tales of the Unexpected

on Sunday 8 October 2017

at the Hobart Town Hall, Macquarie Street



Call for Papers



Programme updated on 26/04/2017

9.30 Registration

9.55 Welcome

10.00 Session One: Mothers and Children

(Chaired by Alison Alexander)

Lucy Frost:  Motherhood under sentence: analysis

Dianne Snowden:  Convict mothers accompanied by their children

Nicola Goc:  ‘Deviant’ mothers in the Van Diemen’s Land convict system

Elspeth Wishart:  ‘Think of your broken hearted husband and children as long as you live’: Mary Walsh and a torn family

11.10 Morning Tea

11.45 Session Two: Birthing and Babies

(Chaired by Dianne Snowden)

Colette McAlpine:  Convict Midwives

Jessica Walters:  From the Crime Class to Confinement: giving birth in the Cascades Female Factory

Ros Escott:  Infant feeding in the convict era

Robyn Everist:  Mothering Denied – the development of infants when separated from their convict mothers

1.00   Lunch

1.45   Tasmanian Chorale: a concert from convict days

2.15   Session Three: Mothers on Convict Voyages

(Chaired by Anna Jacobs)

Colleen Arulappu:  ‘I’ll take the two youngest’. Mothers from the East London convict ship

Meredith Hodgson:  ‘It terminated fatally’: illness and death for mothers and children on the transport Anna Maria

Alison Alexander:  'Women who did not have children - why not?'

Alison Alexander:   What have we learned today? Discussion

3.15 Seminar close

3.25   Female Convicts Research Centre meeting, all welcome

Catering by:

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Please note: some changes might have to be made to the program in the intervening months. Please check our website for updates.

You can view your registration details here


Changes to payment methods - Bookings must be pre-paid by the 30th April.

Payments for seminar bookings are now required before bookings are confirmed.  Refunds will only be made prior to Sunday 30th April, as after that date we have confirmed catering numbers.  

Payments may be made online through PayPal's Secure Payment System, your PayPal account, or offline through Direct Deposit,  cheque or Postal Order prior to 30th April, 2017. 


A morning tea and light lunch will be included in the booking fee.  Our caterers will provide a vegetarian and gluten free option however if you have any specific food allergies please bring your own food.

Hobart Town Hall

The entrance to the Hobart Town Hall is off Macquarie Street, with wheelchair access. The Hall is on the first floor, with a magnificent staircase or a lift (to your right as you enter). Women’s toilets: ground floor at left, first floor just outside the Hall. Men’s toilets: ground floor at right.


Parking meter charges apply on Sundays, so street parking is inadvisable. The large Argyle Street Car Park is a block and a half north of the Town Hall. There is a maximum charge of $4 on Sundays.

Parking on the Hobart Domain is free, with a 10-15 minute walk to the Town Hall.

Event Details

Event Date 08-10-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 08-10-2017 3:30 pm
Registration Start Date 08-07-2017 8:30 pm
Capacity 150
Registration cut-off date 01-10-2017 5:00 am
Individual Price $40.00
Hobart Town Hall
50 Macquarie St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
Hobart Town Hall
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