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.



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 (Interim)

Treasurer: Ros Escott

Secretary: Alison Alexander

Appointed Members:

Communications Co-ordinator:  Elaine Crawford (

Database Manager: Colette McApline (

Database Administrator: Elaine Crawford

Genealogical Research Co-ordinator: Colette McAlpine (

Public Officer: Ros Escott (

Representative, Convict Women’s Press:

Seminar Co-ordinator:  Robyn Everist (

Volunteer Co-ordinator: Colette McAlpine (

Website Administrator: Elaine Crawford (

Librarian:  Victoria Hadley


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 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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