The Female Convicts Research Centre is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers.
Its purpose is to encourage research “into the lives and experiences of convict women and their children in Van Diemen’s Land; into the Female Factories through which they passed; and into the staff of the Factories who looked after them and the settlers for whom they worked”.
The organisation began in 2004 as a sub-committee of the Board of the Female Factory Historic Site Inc. In 2012 the organisation became incorporated as the Female Convicts Research Centre Inc. Through a Memorandum of Understanding with the current management of the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, the Port Arthur Historical Site Management Authority, the FCRC maintains its links with the site.
Membership, which is entirely free, entitles access to the Female Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land database.
Committee of Management
Elected Office Bearers:
President: Alison Alexander
Vice-President: Colette McAlpine
Treasurer: Dianne Snowden
Secretary: Ros Escott
Database Manager: Colette McApline
Database Administrator: Elaine Crawford
Genealogical Research Co-ordinator: Colette McAlpine
Volunteer Co-ordinator: Colette McAlpine
Assistant Volunteer Co-ordinator:Annaliese Jacobs
Website Administrator: Elaine Crawford
Co-ordinator, Quality Assurance and Training:
Representative, Convict Women’s Press: Nicolá Goc
Public Officer: Dianne Snowden
The FCRC Librarian is Deb Norris.