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Topic: Tales of the Unexpected
We have a fascinating line-up of papers, with topics ranging from cross-dressers to runaways and body-snatchers.
Hobart Town Hall on Sunday 8th October 2017
Seminar Autumn 2018
Date announcement: Sunday 22nd April 2018
Hobart Town Hall
Sunday 7 May 2017
Hobart Town Hall
Session One: Mothers and Children
Lucy Frost: Motherhood under sentence: analysis
Dianne Snowden: Convict mothers accompanied by their children
Nicola Goc: ‘Deviant’ mothers in the Van Diemen’s Land convict system
Session Two: Birthing and Babies
Colette McAlpine: Convict Midwives
Jessica Walters: From the Crime Class to Confinement: giving birth in the Cascades Female Factory
Ros Escott: Infant feeding in the convict era
Robyn Everist : Mothering Denied – the development of infants when separated from their convict mothers
Session Three: Mothers on Convict Voyages
Colleen Arulappu: ‘I’ll take the two youngest’. Mothers from the East London convict ship
Meredith Hodgson: ‘It terminated fatally’: illness and death for mothers and children on the transport Anna Maria
Alison Alexander: Women who did not have children – why not?
Prologue: women's lives before transportation
Sunday 23 October 2016
Hobart Town Hall, Macquarie Street
Session One: The situation in Britain
Janet McCalman: Analysis of the background of female convicts’ lives
Anna Jacobs: The reformers: Elizabeth Fry’s aims in aiding convicts
Stephen Lucas:The Irish legal system: was it particularly harsh to poor women? (based on his paper entitled Trials in Ireland of Female Convicts transported to Van Diemen's Land. The paper was published in the December 2016 edition of the Tasmanian Historical Research Association, Papers and Proceedings. http://www.thra.
Session Two: Group Crimes
Cheryl Griffin: Thieves from the Potteries (presented by Colette McAlpine).
Stephanie McComb: Female convicts from Liverpool
Lilian MacDonald: 'Circuit Journeys' (1889). A view from the bench.
Session Three: Enterprising female convicts
Donald Bradmore: Wicked Women: Females Transported to Van Diemen’S Land for Highway Robbery
Libby Prescott: Bigamists
Riot, repression and reform: the Cascades Female Factory
Sunday 24 April, 2016
Hobart Town Hall
10.15: Session One
Alison Alexander: The history of the Cascades Female Factory
Colette McAlpine: Life and Death at the Cascades – from the inquests of female convicts
Sally Rackham: Insights into the female convict system: the 1843 Inquiry into Female Convict Discipline
11.45: Session Two
Lucy Frost: One final attempt at a convict nursery: Yard 4 of the Cascades Female Factory
Dianne Snowden: Serving the poor: the Sisters of Charity at the Female Factory
Colleen Arulappu: A Voyage – a Riot – the Factory
2.15: Session Three
Brian Rieusset: The due course of the law
Robyn Everist: Comments from beyond the walls
Kevin Green: Treated like convicts: some immigrants’ experience of the Female Factory 1854–1856
Saturday 7 November 2015
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay
Convict women sometimes brought tangible things with them on the voyage, money, bags of clothes, children. Some brought intangible baggage as well—the skills of a trade, a proficiency in writing, the songs they learned as children and the songs they sang in pubs. Some carried tattoos on their bodies, and some carried injuries and disease. As they disembarked, they left behind the worlds they had known. For some this meant mothers and fathers, husbands and children. For some it meant the workhouse, or life on the streets.
Janet McCalman: “Invisible burdens: mental and physical health”.
Lois Newham: ‘Tattoos written on their bodies’
Lilian Macdonald: ‘The town they left behind: woman convicts from the “Fair City of Perth”, Scotland'
Chris Leppard: ‘“There are besides many little articles too numerous and insignificant to be noted here”: understanding convict women through their 'checked in' luggage’
Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, ‘Capital Offending: An Historical Audit of Convict Bank Accounts’
Trudy Cowley: ‘How did the pre-transportation trades of female convicts transfer to the colony of Van Diemen’s Land? (analysis of differences between trades named on embarkation lists with those on the appropriation lists)’
Don Bradmore: ‘Convict School Mistresses in Van Diemen’s Land’
Maureen Bransden: ‘Women Who Cared: convict nurses and midwives’
Tamsin O’Connor, ‘"Unpacking her Black Economic Bags": Smuggling, sly grog, sex and the price of gossip on the penal frontier. Female economic mobility and the penal station of Newcastle 1804-1822’
Jan Richardson: ‘Convict Women at Their Needle in Moreton Bay’
Saturday 9 May 2015
Session 1: Marriage as an arbiter of success
Session 2: The up-and-down fortunes of publicans
Session 3: A land of opportunity?
Saturday 15 November 2014
Session 1: Female Convicts and their Crimes
Session 2: Crime families by their descendants
Session 3: Families in crime
Saturday 10 May 2014
Session 3: Individual Voyages
Saturday 9 November 2013
Feature article, Untold story of our deep convict past, in The Mercury (9 November 2013) about the seminar.
Tour of the Penitentiary Chapel
Session 3: 3 papers
Report on the day by Alison Alexander.
First session: Traditional female methods of coping
Second session: Escape through the mind
Third session: Desperate action
First session: Women in a man's world
Second session: Female convicts, their records and their masters
Third session: Lives of female convicts
(held in conjunction with Runnymede as part of Tasmanian Heritage month)
What did convict women actually do when they were assigned as domestic servants? Papers discussed many aspects of this fascinating topic.
The seminar explored these journeys.
Session 3—Journeys Through Life
(held in conjunction with Friends of the Orphan Schools)
Spring 2010: Populating the Ross Female Factory
Autumn 2010: Female Factories: Who worked there and why?
Referencing suggestion for seminar papers:
[Author], '[Title of paper'], unpublished paper presented at FCRC Seminar, [seminar date].
or if published:
[Author], ['Title of paper'], paper presented at FCRC Seminar, [seminar date], http://femaleconvicts.org.au/index.php/fcrc-seminars/research-seminars.