Prologue: women's lives before transportation

Sunday 23 October 2016

Hobart Town Hall, Macquarie Street


Session One: The situation in Britain

Janet McCalman: Analysis of the background of female convicts’ lives

Anna Jacobs: The reformers: Elizabeth Fry’s aims in aiding convicts

Stephen Lucas:The Irish legal system: was it particularly harsh to poor women? (based on his paper entitled Trials in Ireland of Female Convicts transported to Van Diemen's Land. The paper was published in the December 2016 edition of the Tasmanian Historical Research Association, Papers and Proceedings.​)

Session Two: Group Crimes

Cheryl Griffin: Thieves from the Potteries (presented by Colette McAlpine).

Stephanie McComb: Female convicts from Liverpool

Lilian MacDonald: 'Circuit Journeys' (1889). A view from the bench.

Session Three: Enterprising female convicts

Donald Bradmore:  Wicked Women: Females Transported to Van Diemen’S Land for Highway Robbery

Libby Prescott: Bigamists (One Husband Too Many…Female Convicts Transported from England for Bigamy)

Bruce Lindsay paper and slides: Mary Lindsay and the Highland Travellers: a dangerous liaison



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For academic referencing (suggestion only) Database: [http address], FCRC Female Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land database, entry for xxxx ID no xxx, accessed online [date].

For academic referencing (suggestion only) Website:  Female Convicts Research Centre Inc., accessed online [date] from [http address].