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FCRC Seminar 2023

Presented in partnership with the School of Humanities, University of Tasmania

Date: Sunday, 7 May 2023

Venue:  Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay


Transported for Life: a lottery?

This seminar will focus on those convicts considered some of the worst to arrive in Van Diemen’s Land: the 780 women who were convicted to transportation for life.  Presentations will examine the sentencing process, the origins of the ‘lifers’, their convict experience and the lives that they built post-sentence.

Registration is now open.

Seminar: https://www.trybooking.com/CFXRT

Webinar: https://www.trybooking.com/CFXUO  



Transported for Life: a lottery?

8.15   Registration opens

9.00   Welcome

9.20   Book launch (CWP)

9.40   Session 1.

  • Keynote Speaker: Margaret Dimech: Sent across the Seas for Life
  • Tom Dunbabin: Lifers - how they got here & where they ended up

10.45  Morning tea

11.15  Session 2. 

  • Yvonne Jackson: An unnatural crime or No other choice
  • Dr. W. Lilian Macdonald : "A throw of the Dice”: inconsistencies in life sentencing within the Scottish Justice system
  • Colette McAlpine: Ann Margaret Wright: “a most eventful and miserable career” (written by Don Bradmore)
  • Colleen Arulappu: ‘I was sentenced to be hanged’: appeals for mercy against the death penalty, Ireland 1840-1850

12.45  Lunch

1.35   Carla Pascoe Leahy: UTAS presentation

1.45·   Dr Jennifer Jones-Travers: Recent archaeological discoveries at Anglesea Barracks

2.00    Session 3

  • Don Bradmore: Charlotte Goodhall: ‘...a particularly deserving woman'
  • Anna Kay: ‘From childbed to the tree’: the case of Charlotte Harris

2.50    Summary

3.00    Close


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


Registration options:

  • In-person attendance: $60.00 plus 50c TryBooking fee (includes morning tea and lunch)
  • Zoom webinar attendance: $40.00 plus 50c TryBooking fee.

Register now at TryBooking:

Seminar: https://www.trybooking.com/CFXRT

Webinar: https://www.trybooking.com/CFXUO 

Theatre bookings close on Wednesday 26 th April at 11.59pm.

Webinarbookings close at 11.59pm on Sun 30 April. 



Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania, Churchill Ave, Sandy Bay.

This venue has tiered seating and wheelchair / disabled access.



Morning tea and lunch are included. Standard catering is peanut-free and selections include vegetarian. Soy milk is available.

Special diet meals must be ordered when booking and will be served in a named container. We regret that we have to pass on the additional $3 charge.



This is a COVID-safe event. The spacious venue allows for easy social distancing. We are required to comply with any University of Tasmania COVID conditions that are applicable at the time of the seminar.

Should the seminar need to be postponed, all registration fees will be refunded.



Free on-site parking is available in the university carparks on weekends. There is no need to purchase a voucher when parking. Please avoid parking in reserved, service or restricted mobility bays.


Contact information

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Venue: Stanley Burbury Theatre, (University Centre), University of Tasmania.





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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 online [date].

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




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