Research seminars, now held yearly, are open to all members and to the general public.
Call for papers
Female Convict Research Centre Seminar: Sunday 5 May 2024
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
Past Seminar Programs
- 2023: Transported for Life: a lottery?
- 2022: Young female convicts in Van Diemen’s Land
- Seminar 2021: The Early Years, 1803-1828
- Spring 2019: Convict Women at the New Norfolk Asylum
- Autumn 2019: The Anson and the Probation System
- Spring 2018: A Great Blessing? Convict Women and Orphan School Children
- Autumn 2018: The Hobart Town Female Factory and the move to the Cascades, 1828
- Spring 2017: Tales of the Unexpected
- Autumn 2017 - Convict Motherhood
- Spring 2016 - Prologue: women's lives before transportation
- Autumn 2016: Riot, repression and reform: the Cascades Female Factory
- Spring 2015: What the convict women brought with them—and what they left behind
- Autumn 2015: Succeeding in the regular economy: the aftermath of convict sentences
- Spring 2014: Crime and Crime Families: relocation and reconnection
- Autumn 2014: Voyages of Female Convict Ships
- Spring 2013: From the Edges of the Empire: female convicts born or tried outside the British Isles
- Autumn 2013: Resilience?
- Spring 2012: Women in a Man's World
- Autumn 2012: The Working Lives of Convict Women
- Spring 2011: Journeys: A Seminar
- Autumn 2011: The Orphan Schools of Van Diemen's Land
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[Author], '[Title of paper'], unpublished paper presented at FCRC Seminar, [seminar date].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], http://femaleconvicts.org.au/index.php/fcrc-seminars/research-seminars.