Female Convicts Research Centre Seminar

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Sunday 5th April  2020

Hobart Town Hall, Macquarie Street





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8.30 registration open

9.15: Welcome and Introduction: Dianne Snowden

9.30 Session 1:

The New Norfolk Asylum: an overview – Dianne Snowden

Women convicted at Liverpool and admitted to NNA – Stephanie McComb  

Mary Ann Lowe – a convict – Margaret Schmidt

10:15 Question time

10.30 Morning tea

10.45 Session 2:

Balancing silent treatment and silent histories – Catherine Rees

The Last Ladies – Chris Woods

Apprehended in Liverpool Street: Female delinquency and madness in the Van Diemen’s Land colony – Honey Dower

12:15 Question time

12.30  pm Lunch


1.30  The FCRC Database: what it is and how to use it.  An interactive demonstration of the Female Convicts in Van Diemen's Land Database.


2.00 Session 3:

Deaths at the New Norfolk Hospital for the Insane – Leonie Mickleborough

Solitary confinement exposure and psychiatric admission rates – Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

2.30 Question Time

2.45  Conclusion and Seminar close


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



Your admission ticket will be emailed to you by Trybooking.   We would prefer you print it out and present it at the door. 

Hobart Town Hall

The entrance to the Hobart Town Hall is off Macquarie Street, with wheelchair access. The Hall is on the first floor, with a magnificent staircase or a lift (to your right as you enter). Women’s toilets: ground floor at left, first floor just outside the Hall. Men’s toilets: ground floor at right.


Parking meter charges apply on Sundays, so street parking is inadvisable. The large Argyle Street Car Park is a block and a half north of the Town Hall. There is a maximum charge of $4 on Sundays.

Parking on the Hobart Domain is free, with a 10-15 minute walk to the Town Hall.

seminar int visitors

 Interstate and overseas visitors at our Autumn 2019 seminar.