Research Seminars

Research seminars, held twice yearly, are open to all members and to the general public.

Spring Seminar, 28th October 2018:  Call for papers

Topic: A Great Blessing? Convict Women and Orphan School Children

Lieutenant-Governor Arthur believed it would be ‘a great blessing’ for the children of convicts to be removed  from their parents. Our next seminar explores the relationship between the Orphan School, the orphans and convict women. In 1828, women convicts transferred from the old Hobart Town Female Factory to the new Factory at the Cascades. In 1828, the King’s Orphan Schools opened. To mark the 190th anniversary of both institutions, our next seminar will be run jointly by the Female Convicts Research Centre and the Friends of the Orphan Schools and it will be held at the Orphan School, St John’s Avenue, New Town ( 

Would you like to give a 15-minute paper on any aspect of the lives of convict women and orphan school children? We  are particularly keen to receive papers examining the relationship between convict women and their orphan school children. We are also interested in hearing about those convict women who worked at the Orphan School.

If you are interested, please contact Robyn Everist at by 1st June, 2018.

Registrations for the seminar will open late July 2018.​



Source: Archives Office of Tasmania

Save the dates:

Spring Seminar 2018:  28th October, 2018

Autumn Seminar 2019:  28th April, 2019


Past Seminar Programs: 


Spring 2010: Populating the Ross Female Factory

Autumn 2010: Female Factories: Who worked there and why?


Referencing suggestion for seminar papers:

[Author], '[Title of paper'], unpublished paper presented at  FCRC Seminar, [seminar date].

or if published:

[Author], ['Title of paper'],  paper presented at FCRC Seminar, [seminar date],