Seminar 28th October 2018




Female Convicts Research Centre Seminar



A Great Blessing? Convict Women and Orphan School Children


Sunday 28th October, 2018

at the Orphan School, St. John's Avenue, New Town

To mark the 190th anniversary of the Orphan School, our next seminar will be run jointly by the Female Convicts Research Centre and the Friends of the Orphan Schools.


The program is still to be finalised - Please check back later

9.00:  Registration open

9.15: Welcome and Introduction


9.30:  Session 1: The Early Years. Chair – Dianne Snowden

9:30     Paper 1: 1828: Ann Solomon – ‘Three children at the Orphan Schools’ [Craig Mackie]

9:45     Paper 2: Orphan School to female factory [Geoff Mitchelmore]

10:00   Paper 3:  To be confirmed


10.30:  Morning tea


10:45:  Session 2: Life in the Orphan Schools

10:45   Paper 4: Izod King [Jann Niven]

11:00   Paper 5: The underfed children of Bridget Norton [Jennifer Jacobs]

11:15   Paper 6: Security to destitution [Petrina Osborne]

11:30   Questions from Session 1 & 2


11:45   Launch of Voices from the Orphan Schools. The Children’s Voices – launched by Saul Eslake

12.15:  Lunch

1:00     Entertainment - guided walk around the Orphan School site by Orphan School guides

Simon Cocker, Jane Hodgman, Bill Stewart and Richard Watson – guides to be confirmed


2.00:  Session 3: The Final Years

2:00     Paper 7: Later lives of the orphan children [Maureen Mann]

2:15     Paper 8: Second Generation Orphans: Isabella Hutchinson’s children [Caroline Haigh]

2:30     Questions from Session 3


2:45     Summary and close – Robyn Everist

3.00:   FCRC general meeting


Catering by Chasing Crows

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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.

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.

St. John's Park (South Wing)

For details on how to find the Orphan School, please refer to the Friends of the Orphan Schools website:



Free parking is available in the St. John's Park Precinct.



Event Details

Event Date 28-10-2018 9:00 am
Event End Date 28-10-2018 3:30 pm
Registration Start Date 28-07-2018 4:00 pm
Number of available places 4
Registration cut-off date 22-10-2018 10:00 am
Individual Price $40.00
The Orphan School
St Johns Ave, New Town TAS 7008, Australia
The Orphan School
$40.00 4

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