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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New Postal Address for FCRC

Female Convicts Research Centre Inc

PO Box 550

South Hobart TAS 7004


Cornwall Family History Society: Female Convicts sent to Tasmania

One of the main aims of the Cornwall Family History Society is encouraging research into Cornish family history. Another aim is the co-ordination, transcribing and indexing of original records by volunteer members.

In 2014, The Cornwall Family History Society was approached by the FCRC to help research Tasmanian female convicts from their area. They have now launched their new website which includes a page on Tasmanian female convicts. Their research is available in pdf format, free of charge. To find out more, please visit their new website at http://www.cornwallfhs.com/female-convict-records/

FCRC appreciates the research contributed by the volunteers at the Cornwall Family History Society and encourage you to visit their very modern and informative website. 

Program and Bookings now available for FCRC Spring Seminar 2017, Topic: Tales of the Unexpected.

The next seminar is on Sunday, 8th October, 2017 at the Hobart Town Hall.  Registration is now open

We have a fascinating line-up of papers, with topics ranging from cross-dressers to runaways and body-snatchers.

Cost $40 a head includes morning tea and light lunch.  Bookings and payments must be finalised by Sunday, 1st October.



Celebrate National Family History Month: August 2017

LINC Tasmania invites you to come along to these free events.

Events held in The Hub, Level 2, 91 Murray Street.

Tour of the Stacks, ground floor Foyer 91 Murray Street

Berriedale Repository tours * Bookings essential. Contact Foyer 61655539

For information, please contact Foyer Desk staff (03) 61655539

LINC Tasmania, 91 Murray Street, Hobart



Thursday 31th  August,  11.00-12.00

How to research your female convict ancestor
With Colette McAlpine,

The Female Convicts Research Centre 


Full programme Available here (pdf)

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

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

  • Petitions - Ann Vernon per Sir Robert Seppings 1852; Ellen Barrett per Duchess of Northumberland 1853.  (10/08/2017)
  • The East London - Chapter 5:  The Rioters at New Town Farm Station. By Colleen Arulappu.   On Friday 26 January 1844, three months after arrival in Hobart, women from the East London rioted at New Town Farm Station. The riot and turbulence started after one of the warders, George Heskell, heard that Catherine Kemp had absconded. Nine women were charged for riot, but records showed many others receiving punishments for offences which occurred during the affray. The story of the women from the East London continues with research into the riots, and the stories of the nine female convicts involved. 
  • Petitions -Ann Buchanan per Westmoreland;  Mary Eccles per Platina; Norah Denny per New Grove; Mary Ann Byers per Hindostan  (31/07/2017).
  • Petitions - Margaret Brayson, Mary Ann Makin, Isabella Short, Elizabeth Mack per Gilbert Henderson 1840, Norry Keily per Arabian 1847, and updated petition for Anne Shannon per Waverley 1847 (24/07/2017).
  • Petitions - updated petitions for Mary Byron per Waverly 1847 and Peggy Crummer per John Calvin 1847 (18/07/2017)
  • Employee Profile - Harriett Slee Matrol at the Cascades Female Factory from 1838 to 1850 (14/07/2017)
  • The East London - Chapter 4:  The Women from County Cavan Gaols.  By Colleen Arulappu. There were ten women on the East London who were transferred from gaols in County Cavan to the Grange Gorman Penitentiary to await embarkation.   Colleen writes about the economic hardships of County Cavan, Ireland, which led to poverty and crime, and follows the stories of the 10 female servants from County Cavan to Van Diemen's Land.  (10/07/2017)