The Convict Women's Press Inc. was formed in 2010 as a not-for-profit book publishing association. CWP publish books about female convicts, particularly those written by members of the Female Convicts Research Centre Inc. 

 

New Postal Address:

Convict Women's Press Inc

PO Box 550

South Hobart  Tas  7004

 

New email address and website:

 

Convict Women's Press Inc. now have a new email address and can be contacted at info@convictwomenspress.com.au

 

Please visit their new website and online shop at: http://www.convictwomenspress.com.au

 

Latest Publications:

Convict Lives at the Cascades Female Factory (Volume 2)

The latest publication from Convict Women's Press Inc was launched on the 22nd April, 2018 by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania.

Convict Lives at the Cascades Female Factory (Volume 2) features the fascinating lives of 29 female convicts who spent time in the Cascades Female Factory, between 1829 and 1855. The women range from young offenders to prosperous matriarchs; from tough customers to those educated enough to write letters home. Some got through the convict system fairly easily; some struggled, committing offence after offence – insolence, neglect of work, theft. Some had children, some did not. Many saw their children die. Some died in childbirth.
The 24 authors of the stories come from Tasmania, the Australian mainland and as far afield as Canada. Some are descendants of the female convict they write about, and bring family knowledge to their story. Others are academics, general historians or just interested people.
This is the fifth book in the Convict Women’s Press series of Convict Lives in Van Diemen’s Land’s female factories. It is a wonderful collection of stories, showing the ups and downs of Tasmania’s convict system, and the important role of the Cascades Female Factory.

Convict Lives at the Cascades Female Factory is compiled by Female Convicts Research Centre members and edited by Alison Alexander and Alice Meredith Hodgson.

Copies of the book can be bought online through our website at http://www.convictwomenspress.com.au

 

 

 

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Launch of Repression, Reform & Resilience: a history of the Cascades Female Factory

Repression, Reform and Resilience: a history of the Cascades Female Factory tells the story of the Cascades site: its beginnings as a whiskey distillery, through its grim time as a prison for female convicts, then as an institution for poor and unfortunate people ranging from orphans to lunatics and the elderly. From 1905 it was used for activities such as tennis and making aloe boxes and wine, but from 1977 the crumbling ruins were protected and restored. Today the Female Factory is a World Heritage site, popular with tourists and greatly prized for its historic importance.

Repression, Reform and Resilience: a history of the Cascades Female Factory is compiled by Female Convicts Research Centre members and edited by Alison Alexander.

 

 

Repression Reform & Resilience: a history of the Cascades Female Factory

 

 

 

Launch of Edges of Empire Biographical Dictionary Website

 

Following the November 2015 Launch of their latest paperback

"From the Edges of Empire: Convict Women from beyond the British Isles",

Convict Women's Press have now launched the book's companion website: 

Edges of Empire Biographical Dictionary. with accounts of over

160 female convicts who were tried or born outside the British Isles,

compiled by Female Convicts Research Centre members.

 
 

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