Research Seminars

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



FCRC Seminar 2020:  Sunday, 5th April, Call for Papers.

Topic:  THE EARLY YEARS 1803-1828

Two hundred years ago, the Morley sailed from London to Hobart Town. This was the first time that convict women were sent to Van Diemen’s Land directly from England. The convict women on the Morley arrived at a time before the Hobart Town Female Factory was established, raising the question of how they were managed. The Morley disembarked 50 of its cargo of 121 women; the reminder sailed to Sydney. This pattern of shared voyages continued for some time and it was not until the Providence in 1826 that a female convict ship disembarked its entire shipment of convict women in Hobart.

Our Seminar for 2020 will explore the experience of those convict women who came directly to Hobart Town and compare it with those who came via Sydney. Why was the system changed? What impact did it have on the lives of the convict women?  

Would you like to give a 15-minute paper on any aspect of the experience of convict women in the early years? If you are interested, please contact Victoria Hadley at by 30th November 2019.

Registrations for the seminar will open early January.  The venue will be the Hobart Town Hall.



Save the dates:


20th October, 2019. Spring Seminar,   Topic: "A more hopeless class of subjects?" Convict Women at the New Norfolk Asylum. Venue: Hobart Town Hall

5th April, 2020.  Autumn Seminar,   The Early Years.  Venue: Hobart Town Hall


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[Author], '[Title of paper'], unpublished paper presented at  FCRC Seminar, [seminar date].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