The Female Convicts Research Centre holds an Annual General Meeting in August each year at the General Office of the Female Factory Historic Site, 16 Degraves St., South Hobart, at a venue to be advised, or by Zoom online meeting.  Notice of an intention to hold an AGM is published on our website 14 days prior to the meeting.

Members are welcome to attend.


The Committee of Management and Elected Office Bearers are listed here.


Annual General Meeting 2020

The Annual General Meeting of the Female Convicts Research Centre will be held online as a Zoom meeting on Monday 3 August 2020 at 4.30pm and is expected to last around 30-40 minutes. If you would like to attend, please register your interest with the Public Officer, Ros Escott, at  An agenda and the secure log-in details for the Zoom meeting will be sent to you 3 days before the meeting, on Friday 31 July.

The nature of the business of the AGM will be to receive reports and to elect the officers and committee for the coming year. There is no special business this year.

Nominations are called for the committee, which consists of:
and up to 6 General Committee Members

Committee members are expected to be active in the association and to take on a responsibility or role. They should reasonably expect to be able to attend all meetings, which are held on the first Monday of each month (except January), 4.30pm to 5.30pm, on Zoom or at a venue to be advised in the Hobart area.

A Committee Nomination Form is available for download here.

Thank you for your support and interest in the valuable resources and services we provide as a voluntary organisation.

Ros Escott
FCRC Public Office


FCRC AGM 2019 Update

At our August AGM, we gave a snapshot of what is happening on our website and in our database, highlighting the work of our exceptional volunteer team which has grown our website to become an internationally recognized resource.

At this stage, we have over 6890 deaths entered in the database. We are constantly reviewing this information as we research each convict in more depth and as we access new record sets which help us clarify information.

We have 1417 baptisms entered, most provided by our researchers in the UK.

We have been able to correct many locations to enable us to pinpoint where many of these women were really from. Much of this forensic work is done by members of the Liverpool team who know their counties and parishes well. So many locations were mis-recorded here when the convicts arrived resulting in us recording counties and even countries incorrectly. It is brilliant to get things right!

We have evidence of 2174 women leaving this colony. We also know that some returned.

We have some pre-transportation information on 7634 women, thanks to the exceptional work of our volunteers, both here and overseas.

Our volunteer team remains consistent and committed. There are members in several mainland states, as well as in England and Scotland.  All submit exceptional work.

We have over 8,000 subscribers to our website. Over the last 30 days we have averaged 102 users per day. There were 37,517 page views at an average of 8.56 pages per visit.

Over the last 30 days, 5,394 people accessed our front page, 3,474 accessed About the VDL database, 1,746 accessed the Ships Lists and 1, 242 accessed the database.

Over the lifespan of our website we have had 1,536,888 article view hits.

We have reason to be proud of what we have achieved as a volunteer organisation.






Please acknowledge our work, should you choose to use our research.  Our work may be subject to copyright therefore please check our Copyright Policy, and Disclaimer policy.

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].