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.


In 2017 the Female Convicts Research Centre was inducted into the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women for Community Service, Education and Training, Tourism and Justice. Read more...


Registration as a Guest Researcher is entirely free and entitles access to the Female Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land database.



Committee of Management 

Elected Office Bearers:

President: Dianne Snowden

Vice-President: Colette McAlpine

Treasurer: Ros Escott

Secretary: Alison Alexander

Appointed Members:

Database Manager: Colette McApline (

Genealogical Research Co-ordinator: Colette McAlpine (

Public Officer: Ros Escott (

Seminar Co-ordinator:  Victoria Hadley (

Volunteer Co-ordinator: Colette McAlpine (

Librarian:  Victoria Hadley


Becoming a FCRC Committee Member

The FCRC Committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting, held annually in August.

Any member of the Female Convicts Research Centre may be nominated for election as an officer of the Association, or as an ordinary committee member. A nomination of a candidate for election as an officer of the Association, or as an ordinary committee member, is to be – (a)made in writing, signed by 2 members of the Association and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate (which may be endorsed on the nomination); and (b)delivered to the public officer at least 10 days before the day on which the annual general meeting is to be held. 

Committee Nomination Form 2020 (pdf).

The officers of the Association are as follows: (a) President; (b) Vice-president; (c) Treasurer; (d) Secretary.  Up to 6 other members are to be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

Clauses 23-28 of the FCRC Rules of Incorporation 2018 explain the full procedures for committee nomination and selection.

Committee members are expected to take on a responsibility within the FCRC, and are reasonably expected to be able to attend all meetings. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month (except January), 5.30 - 6.30pm at Female Factory Historic Site, 16 Degraves St., South Hobart.


Becoming a registered FCRC Member

Membership is open to anyone interested in being more actively involved with the FCRC as a supporter or volunteer, for example (but not limited to) committee members, transcribers, researchers, seminar speakers and volunteers in any capacity.

Membership information and how to become a member is available here.


General email enquiries:


Postal Address:

Female Convicts Research Centre Inc.

PO Box 550

South Hobart TAS 7004



Rules of Incorporation:

FCRC Rules of Incorporation 2018 as adopted 6th August 2018, at the FCRC Annual General Meeting and registered 11th September 2018 by Department of Justice (Tasmania) - Office of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading.


ABN:  62 338 187 156


Registered Charity

Female Convicts Research Centre is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

2014 Advancing education (01/01/2014)

2014 Advancing culture (01/01/2014)

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FCRC is a proud foundation supporter of From the Shadows Inc.


Following on from the hugely successful Footsteps towards Freedom project, a new not-for-profit project, known as From the Shadows, has been established to raise funds for three statues by renowned Irish sculptor Rowan Gillespie. Rowan created the Footsteps towards Freedom statues on Hobart’s waterfront, receiving global media attention. The newly commissioned statues will include two statues of children for the Orphan Schools in New Town and a female convict statue for the Cascades Female Factory. Three community organisations have been acknowledged as Foundation Supporters: the Female Convicts Research Centre, the Friends of the Orphan Schools and South Hobart Progress Association. The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is committed to the project as a Foundation Sponsor.  

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From the Shadows Statues




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For academic referencing (suggestion only) Database: [http address], FCRC Female Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land database, entry for xxxx ID no xxx, accessed [date].

For academic referencing (suggestion only) Website:  Female Convicts Research Centre Inc., accessed [date] from [http address].