Research Seminars

Research seminars, held twice yearly, are open to all members and to the general public.

 

Seminar Autumn 2019:  Call for papers

Topic:  The Anson and the Probation System

Date: 5th May, 2019.  Venue: Hobart Town Hall

From 1844 until the end of transportation in 1853, female convicts were required to serve six months’ probation upon arrival In Van Diemen’s Land. This probation period was designed to teach convicts desirable skills, including reading, writing, ciphering (numeracy), needlework and domestic service. It was also designed to separate newly arrived convicts from the more hardened criminals in the female factories. When the probation period was completed, a convict became a probation pass-holder.

The HMS Anson arrived in Hobart as a male convict transport in 1844 and was subsequently refitted as a probation station for female convicts. It was then towed to New Town Bay and shortly after to Prince of Wales Bay, Risdon, near Hobart, where it was moored. Between 1844 and 1850, this hulk housed female convicts serving their six month probation period. Dr and Mrs Bowden were appointed to manage the Anson Probation Station. Women from the Woodbridge and the Angelina were among the first to be housed on the Anson. The Anson held from 250 to 520 women at any one time The Anson was dismantled in 1850 and the women were transferred to the Cascade Female Factory.


If you are interested in presenting a 15-minute paper on this topic , please contact Robyn Everist at submissions@femaleconvicts.org.au by 1st January, 2019.

Registrations for the seminar will open early February 2019.  

 

Save the dates:

Change of date:  Autumn Seminar  5th May, 2019.  Topic: The Anson and the Probation System

Spring Seminar, 20th October, 2019.  Topic: Convict Women at the New Norfolk Asylum

 

 

Past Seminar Programs: 

 

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[Author], '[Title of paper'], unpublished paper presented at  FCRC Seminar, [seminar date].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.