The Female Convicts Research Centre is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers.

Its purpose is to encourage research “into the lives and experiences of convict women and their children in Van Diemen’s Land; into the Female Factories through which they passed; and into the staff of the Factories who looked after them and the settlers for whom they worked”.


The organisation began in 2004 as a sub-committee of the Board of the Female Factory Historic Site Inc.  In 2012 the organisation became incorporated as the Female Convicts Research Centre Inc. Through a Memorandum of Understanding with the current management of the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, the Port Arthur Historical Site Management Authority, the FCRC maintains its links with the site.



Membership, which is entirely free, entitles access to the Female Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land database.



Committee of Management


Elected Office Bearers:

President: Dianne Snowden

Vice-President: Colette McAlpine (Interim)

Treasurer: Ros Escott

Secretary: Anna Jacobs

Appointed Members:

Database Manager: Colette McApline

Database Administrator: Elaine Crawford

Genealogical Research Co-ordinator: Colette McAlpine

Volunteer Co-ordinator: Colette McAlpine

Assistant Volunteer Co-ordinator:Annaliese Jacobs

Website Administrator: Elaine Crawford

Co-ordinator, Quality Assurance and Training:

Communications Co-ordinator:  Elaine Crawford

Representative, Convict Women’s Press: Elaine Crawford

Public Officer: Ros Escott

The FCRC Librarian is Deb Norris.


Postal Address:

PO Box 550

South Hobart TAS 7004