FCRC Seminar 2022

1st May 2022

Venue: To be advised

Topic: Young female convicts in Van Diemen’s Land 

Program and Registration available mid February 2022

Many female convicts were under the age of sixteen. What was their experience of convict life? How did they cope, forcibly separated from their families and everything that was familiar? What was their post-sentence experience?
The next Female Convicts Research Centre seminar will focus on the experiences of young female convicts in Van Diemen’s Land. 






Topic: The Early Years 1803 -1828

Sunday 2nd May, 2021

Hobart Town Hall, Macquarie Street




8:30    Registration Open

9:15    Welcome from the President of the FCRC, Dianne Snowden   


Session 1

Dianne Snowden        An overview of the early years

John Ewington           Catherine Tobin:  notorious strumpet and dangerous girl? No!

Alison Alexander       Maria Lord: convict, entrepreneur and governor’s lady


10:30 to 11:00             MORNING TEA


Session 2

The Morley was the first ship to bring female convicts direct to Van Diemen’s Land

Elaine Crawford         The voyage of the Morley, part one

Colette McAlpine       The voyage of the Morley, part one

Dianne Lowe               Hobart Town and Sydney: a comparison of the lives of Morley women


12:00 to 1:00               LUNCH  



John Stephenson         Virtual Hobart Town: a digital exploration of the convicts’ new home


Session 3

Diane Phillips             Early years at the George Town Female Factory

Don Bradmore           The shocking ordeal of Johanna Lynch (read by Wendy Donnelly)

Graeme Boxhall         Maria Allen: assigned to Sarah Island – twice

Helen Quilty               Doing time: the 1825 factory system in decline


3:00                            Seminar close



Registration will be $50 (plus 50c. Trybooking fee). 

Bookings close Sunday 25th April 2021.


Bookings are now full. Waitlist available through TryBooking




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


Convict Connect-up

Our seminars provide an opportunity for attendees to meet up with others with the same ancestors or research subject. 

Our seminar booking system will provide a space for attendees to enter a maximum of two names of female convict ancestors, the name of their ship, and the ship's arrival date. By entering your convict ancestors' names you give permission to share your name and your ancestors name on our Convict Connect-up list.  This list is used only for the current seminar and no other purpose.



Your admission ticket will be emailed to you by Trybooking.   We would prefer you print it out and present it at the door. 

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.


seminar int visitors

 Interstate and overseas visitors at our Autumn 2019 seminar.






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].