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Seminar 22nd April, 2018


Seminar October 2017


Female Convicts Research Centre Seminar



'The Hobart Town Female Factory and the move to the Cascades, 1828'

on Sunday 22nd April, 2018

at the Hobart Town Hall, Macquarie Street


The program is still to be finalised - Please check back later

9.00:  Registration open

9.15: Welcome and Introduction

9.30:  Session 1:

An overview of the Hobart Town Female Factory – Dianne Snowden
The buildings of the Hobart Town Female Factory – Robyn Everist

10.00:  Launch of Convict Lives at the Cascades Female Factory by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania.


10.30:  Morning tea

11.00:  Session 2

Bonds of Friendship - Female Convicts to Sydney prior to 1820 - by Leonie Fretwell, presented Caroline Haigh

The Unfortunates: prostitutes transported to VDL 1822-1828 - Chris Leppard-Quinn 

Presentation by Alex Wyld - To be confirmed

Questions from Session 1 & 2

12.15:  Lunch

1.00:  Guided walk to the site of the Hobart Town Female Factory site


2.00:  Session 3

A short walk to freedom:  Ann Eccles' life in Van Diemen's Land. – Tom Dunbabin

Out of Town - James Parker

Questions from Session 3

2.45:  Summary and close

3.00:   FCRC general meeting


3:15:  Walk to view the female convict statues at Macquarie Wharf 1

Catering by Chasing Crows

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

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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.



Event Details

Event Date 22-04-2018 9:00 am
Event End Date 22-04-2018 3:30 pm
Registration Start Date 20-01-2018 8:00 am
Capacity 150
Registered 69
Number of available places 81
Registration cut-off date 15-04-2018
Individual Price $40.00
Hobart Town Hall
50 Macquarie St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
Hobart Town Hall
$40.00 81

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