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FCRC Seminar: Sunday, 5 May 2024

Call for papers

Topic:  Freedom: Time served, moving on


This seminar will focus on the pathways to freedom for convict women and will explore the lives they led once emancipated.

Possible topics may include:

  • Pathways to freedom.
  • Emancipation – prosperity or poverty? How the emancipated women lived out the rest of their lives. Individual stories.
  • Exploring subsets – return to their home country, moving to another colony or country; marriage; non-marriage; business women; relying on the State to survive.

If you would like to present a 20-minute paper at the seminar, please forward an abstract for consideration to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 20 October 2023. The abstract should outline your intended topic, the points you will highlight and the sources you will be using to inform your paper.


Venue:  to be confirmed

Program and Registration will be available early February, 2024

 Presented in partnership with the School of Humanities, University of Tasmania


Registration is Closed.




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


Registration options:


  • In-person attendance: $60.00 plus 50c TryBooking fee (includes morning tea and lunch)
  • Zoom webinar attendance: $40.00 plus 50c TryBooking fee.

Register now at TryBooking:

Seminar: https://www.trybooking.com/CFXRT

Webinar: https://www.trybooking.com/CFXUO 

Theatre bookings extended to Sunday 30 th April at 11.59pm.

Webinarbookings close at 11.59pm on Sun 30 April. 



Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania, Churchill Ave, Sandy Bay.

This venue has tiered seating and wheelchair / disabled access.



Morning tea and lunch are included. Standard catering is peanut-free and selections include vegetarian. Soy milk is available.

Special diet meals must be ordered when booking and will be served in a named container. We regret that we have to pass on the additional $3 charge.



This is a COVID-safe event. The spacious venue allows for easy social distancing. We are required to comply with any University of Tasmania COVID conditions that are applicable at the time of the seminar.

Should the seminar need to be postponed, all registration fees will be refunded.



Free on-site parking is available in the university carparks on weekends. There is no need to purchase a voucher when parking. Please avoid parking in reserved, service or restricted mobility bays.


Contact information

For all seminar enquiries:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Venue: Stanley Burbury Theatre, (University Centre), University of Tasmania.







Please acknowledge our work, should you choose to use our research.  Our work may be subject to copyright therefore please check our Copyright Policy, and Disclaimer policy.

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].