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.
Membership, which is entirely free, 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: Anna Jacobs
Assistant Volunteer Co-ordinator:Annaliese Jacobs
Co-ordinator, Quality Assurance and Training:
Communications Co-ordinator: Elaine Crawford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Database Manager: Colette McApline (email@example.com)
Database Administrator: Elaine Crawford
Genealogical Research Co-ordinator: Colette McAlpine (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Librarian: Deb Norris.
Public Officer: Ros Escott (email@example.com)
Representative, Convict Women’s Press: Elaine Crawford
Seminar Co-ordinator: Robyn Everist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Volunteer Co-ordinator: Colette McAlpine
Website Administrator: Elaine Crawford (email@example.com)
General email enquiries:
Female Convicts Research Centre Inc.
PO Box 550
South Hobart TAS 7004