The Female Convicts Research Centre promotes interest in the female convicts of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), by encouraging and facilitating research.

From 1803 to 1853, 12,500 female convicts were transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), as punishment for crimes, mainly theft. After serving their sentences they were released into the community. Their transportation left a lasting legacy.

The Female Convicts Research Centre encourages research into these female convicts, mainly through its database, website and twice-yearly seminars.

When you become a member of the FCRC, you gain access to our database where you will find information entered by our volunteers as we attempt to reconstruct the life course of each female convict.

We update this website and our database regularly and sometimes daily, as our volunteer transcribers continue to provide new information.  Please bookmark this page and return soon.




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Transported: Tales of Misfortune and Roguery.


An illustrated collection of tales.  A new publication written and illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever and to be launched late June 2017.

Some unfortunates, some rogues - all had lives before conviction, but we know very little about them.

BRIAN HARRISON-LEVER, author/illustrator 2harlever@gmail.com

The East London

Written by Colleen Arulappu and donated to the FCRC, The East London will be published as a series of chapters over the coming months.  The book follows the voyage of the East London in 1843 and the lives of those who sailed on her.

Chapter Three: The Women who Died at Sea, is now available.  "The women who died at sea came from the most unfavourable circumstances of those who were aboard the East London. Nineteen women died during the voyage and at least one other soon after arrival. Four of the women who died gave birth in prison; a couple only a few weeks before leaving Ireland and others had infants with them. There were signs of poverty in these women’s stories and the surgeon noted one case of ‘extreme poverty’ and another as suffering ‘great debility from poverty and want’ ".... read more




FCRC Spring Seminar 2017, Topic:  Tales of the Unexpected.

The next seminar is on Sunday, 8th October, 2017 at the Hobart Town Hall.  Registration and programme will be available in July.

Date Announcement for Autumn Seminar 2018: 

The date for the Autumn 2018 seminar is 22nd April, 2018, at the Hobart Town Hall.  Please put this date in your diary.





Recent Updates

  • Books -  Transported: Tales of Misfortune and Roguery. An illustrated collection of tales, by Brian Harrison-Lever (22/06/2017)
  • The East London - Chapter Three:  The Women who died at sea.  (15/06/2017)
  • Petitions - Jane O'Brien, Ann Neill per Phoebe 1845  (13/06/2017)
  • Petitions - Mary Brauntstone per Royal Admiral 1842; Mary Finnan or Murphy per Aurora 1851 (8/06/2017)
  • Petitions - Isabella Dewar per Mary 1831; Ann Travis, Jane Cree per Asia 1847; Mary Leeman per Duchess of Northumberland 1853; Eliza Dixon per Sea Queen 1846; Ann Cooper per Garland Grove 1841; Emma Beaumont per St Vincent 1850   (27/05/2017)
  • Books -   Alexander Archibald and Emily Morgan: Donnelly's Creek Gold.  This book looks into the life of  Emily Morgan and her mother, Ann Brady, who was in the Cascades Female Factory in the 1840s. Author: Heather Sjoberg  h.sjoberg@hotmail.com (23/05/2017)