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FCRC Seminar 2023

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

Date: Sunday, 7th May 2023

Transported for Life: a lottery?

Just over 780 female convicts sent to Van Diemen’s Land were sentenced to transportation for life. Our next Female Convicts Research Centre seminar will focus on these women. 

Registration will open early February 2023.

Venue to be confirmed.



Transported for Life: a lottery?

8.15   Registration opens

9.00   Welcome

9.20   Book launch (CWP)

9.40   Session 1.

  • Margaret Dimech: introduction on sentencing process
  • Tom Dunbabin: Who were the lifers?

10.45  Morning tea

11.15  Session 2. 

  • Yvonne Jackson: Examining six life sentences of infanticide
  • Stephanie McComb: Liverpool women
  • Lilian Macdonald : A throw of the dice: inequities in the sentencing to life imprisonment under Scottish law, read by her daughter.
  • Colleen Arulappu: Irish women and death sentence commuted – from the petitions 

12.45  Lunch

1.35    Karissa Lane  – The Proud and the Punished performance

2.00    Session 3

  • Don Bradmore: Charlotte Goodhall
  • Anna Kay: Public responses to arsenic poisoner Charlotte Harris

2.50    Summary

3.00    Close


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



The Zoom link to the webinar and important information has been emailed to everyone who has registered – if you have not received it or have any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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

Entrance for registration is on the left of the building.



Registration options:


 Registrations close on Sunday 30th April.


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This is a COVID-safe event. The spacious venue allows for easy social distancing. We are required to comply with University-specific conditions, applicable at the time, and they are likely to include mask-wearing indoors.

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


Convict Connect-up

Our seminars provide an opportunity for attendees to meet up with others sharing the same ancestor or research topic.

The seminar booking system provides a space for attendees to enter a maximum of two convict names, their ships and arrival dates. By entering your convict ancestor’s names, you give permission to share your name on our Convict Connect-up list. This list is used only for the current seminar and for no other purpose.



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.



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.






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 [date].

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




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