Convict Women's Press Inc. (CWP) is a sister organisation to the Female Convicts Research Centre (FCRC). It was formed in 2010 as a not-for-profit book publishing association as an initiative of the FCRC. CWP publish books about female convicts transported to colonial Australia, particularly those written by members of the Female Convicts Research Centre Inc.
Convict Women's Press Inc
PO Box 550
South Hobart Tas 7004
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Convict Women's Press Inc. can be contacted at [email protected]
Please visit their website and online shop at: https://www.convictwomenspress.com.au
Convict Women's Press is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
Advancing education (01/07/2017)
Advancing culture (01/07/2017)
Latest Publication: Available from 3rd May 2021,
Convict Lives: Female Convicts at the New Norfolk Asylum.
Convict Lives: Female Convicts at the New Norfolk Asylum
The latest publication from Convict Women's Press Inc was launched on the 1st May 2021, by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania.
The sixth publication in the series of Convict Lives in Van Diemen’s Land has been edited by Dianne Snowden and Jane Harrington.
Initially opening as an invalid hospital in 1829 at New Norfolk, the hospital was shortly renamed the New Norfolk Asylum for the Insane. It housed both convict and free men and women, and its inmates included hundreds of convict women.
Recounting the lives of 15 women using archival material and family records, the book’s 22 authors reconstruct the lives of individual convict women, the reasons for their admission and their treatment in the Asylum. The stories highlight there is much more to the life of a convict than a crime, trial and sentence. Seven of the authors are descendants of these women and share family stories of fractured and fragmented lives.
Copies of the book can be bought from selected book stores or online through the CWP website, at https://www.convictwomenspress.com.au
Convict Lives at the Cascades Female Factory (Volume 2)
Launched on the 22nd April, 2018 by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania.
Convict Lives at the Cascades Female Factory (Volume 2) features the fascinating lives of 29 female convicts who spent time in the Cascades Female Factory, between 1829 and 1855. The women range from young offenders to prosperous matriarchs; from tough customers to those educated enough to write letters home. Some got through the convict system fairly easily; some struggled, committing offence after offence – insolence, neglect of work, theft. Some had children, some did not. Many saw their children die. Some died in childbirth.
Convict Lives at the Cascades Female Factory is compiled by Female Convicts Research Centre members and edited by Alison Alexander and Alice Meredith Hodgson.
Copies of the book can be bought from selected book stores or online through the CWP website at https://www.convictwomenspress.com.au
Launch of Repression, Reform & Resilience: a history of the Cascades Female Factory
Repression, Reform and Resilience: a history of the Cascades Female Factory tells the story of the Cascades site: its beginnings as a whiskey distillery, through its grim time as a prison for female convicts, then as an institution for poor and unfortunate people ranging from orphans to lunatics and the elderly. From 1905 it was used for activities such as tennis and making aloe boxes and wine, but from 1977 the crumbling ruins were protected and restored. Today the Female Factory is a World Heritage site, popular with tourists and greatly prized for its historic importance.
Repression, Reform and Resilience: a history of the Cascades Female Factory is compiled by Female Convicts Research Centre members and edited by Alison Alexander.
Edges of Empire Biographical Dictionary Website
Following the November 2015 Launch of their paperback
Convict Women's Press have 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.