Reminder: Tales of the Unexpected

FCRC Spring Seminar,  Sunday 8th October

Seminar 8th October 2017

Seminar October 2017

Female Convicts Research Centre Seminar

Topic:  Tales of the Unexpected

on Sunday 8th October, 2017

at the Hobart Town Hall, Macquarie Street



9.15 registration open

9.50: Welcome and Introduction

10.00 Session 1: Not your usual convict women

Ros Escott: Cross-dressers

Hamish Maxwell-Stewart: Runaway Convict Women

Leonie Mickleborough: Guilty of wearing clothes removed from the dead

11.00 Morning tea

11.30 Presentation to Nicola Goc

11.40 Session 2: The young and the old

Anna Jacobs: Very young convicts

Arthur Davidson: Margaret Gray (read by Lilian McDonald)

Alison Alexander: Women over 70

12.40  pm Lunch

1.30 Dramatic performance

Rowena McDougall: Women of Conviction: fame, infamy. 

(1) Mary Mary Quiet, Contrary 

(2) What Was Eliza Lacking?

2.00 Session 3: Outside Van Diemen’s Land

Tamsin O’Connor: women at Moreton Bay

Jan Richardson: Female convict paupers in Queensland

Cheryl Griffin: Jamima Champion, pioneer of Oregon

Colette McAlpine: ‘I want to go back to Tasmania’

3.15  Conclusion

3.30 Seminar close

3.40 FCRC general meeting

Catering by Chasing Crows

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Please note: some changes might have to be made to the program in the intervening months. Please check our website for updates.

You can view your registration details here


Hobart Town Hall

The entrance to the Hobart Town Hall is off Macquarie Street, with wheelchair access. The Hall is on the first floor, with a magnificent staircase or a lift (to your right as you enter). Women’s toilets: ground floor at left, first floor just outside the Hall. Men’s toilets: ground floor at right.


Parking meter charges apply on Sundays, so street parking is inadvisable. The large Argyle Street Car Park is a block and a half north of the Town Hall. There is a maximum charge of $4 on Sundays.

Parking on the Hobart Domain is free, with a 10-15 minute walk to the Town Hall.

Event Details

Event Date 08-10-2017 9:00 am
Event End Date 08-10-2017 3:30 pm
Registration Start Date 08-07-2017 8:45 am
Capacity 150
Registered 85
Number of available places 65
Registration cut-off date 01-10-2017 5:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
Hobart Town Hall
50 Macquarie St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
Hobart Town Hall
$40.00 65

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