These stories have been submitted by members of the Female Convicts Research Centre, researchers and descendants of female convicts.

If you have a story to share for publication here, please complete a submission form.


Recent  addition:


Mary Prior (1813 - 1863)

The story of Mary Prior was first published on our Edges of Empire Biographical Dictionary website under the name of Mary Hunt.  Diane Munro has now donated her extensive research into the life of Mary Prior/Hunt/Jarvis who was born in 1813, in Heligoland while it was under the control of Denmark. Mary was transported from England to Van Diemen's Land on the Emma Eugenia in 1850.

"A lamentable consequence of Mary's actions resulted in her husband and daughter's death, her transportation to Van Diemen's Land for 10 years and the removal of her daughter Mary Ann with her. The death of their father and their mother's conviction left three very young boys unprovided for."

Mary also married William Jarvis in Hobart where she died aged 50.

Written by Diane Munro



The Cook and the Blacksmith

Jane Arnott, Margaret and John Dunn, Waterloo

Research into the life of Jane Arnott, a convict sentenced to deportation who arrived in Hobart in 1843. She was killed by her husband in 1867

by Jan Westerink





Please note:  The links below for conduct record, indent and description list will take you to the Archives Office of Tasmania website.



Further stories:

Our Genealogy page also contains some interesting female convict stories researched and written by our genealogists, transcribers and researchers.

The Founders and Survivors project newsletters also contain interesting stories on convicts.
(Scroll down to Newsletter subscription and Previous issues on the left hand side of the page.)