Registration is entirely free and entitles access to the Female Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land database.



Register as a Guest Researcher

Guest Researchers are able to access the Female Convicts in Van Diemen's Land Database and restricted areas of the website for 12 months, renewable each year. You will receive an email when renewal is due. You are also able to subscribe to our email newsletters during this time. 

Please consider registering as a Guest Researcher by completing the Guest Researcher Registration Form.   We welcome guest researchers from Tasmania, interstate and overseas.  For more information please read our FAQ page.


Become a registered FCRC Member

Membership is open to anyone interested in being more actively involved with the FCRC as a supporter or volunteer, for example (but not limited to) committee members, transcribers, researchers, seminar speakers and volunteers in any capacity.

To apply to become a member of the FCRC you are required to apply online by upgrading your Guest Researcher subscription or in writing, and agree to the FCRC Membership Terms and Conditions.  This is a free, lifetime membership, and replaces your 12 month Guest Researcher registration. 

Before applying for membership, please read the FCRC Rules of Incorporation 2018, in particular we draw your attention to clause 5  Membership of Association, sub-clauses: 

(3) A nomination of a person for membership is to be

     (a) made in writing and signed by 2 members of the Association; and

     (b) accompanied by the written consent of the person nominated; and

     (c) lodged with the public officer.

(4) The consent referred to in subrule (3)(b) may be endorsed on the nomination.

(5) As soon as practicable after the receipt of a nomination, the public officer is to refer the nomination to the committee.

(6) If a nomination is approved by the committee, the public officer is to –

     (a) notify the nominee, in writing, that the nominee has been approved for membership of the Association; and

     (b) [.....] enter the nominee's name in the register of members.

(7) A member of the Association may resign by serving on the public officer a written notice of resignation.


Meetings and Committee Members Responsibilities

Any member of the Association may be nominated for election as an officer of the Association, or as an ordinary committee member.

The Committee meets monthly, (except January) 4.30 to 5.30 at the Cascades Female Factory, 16 Degraves Street, South Hobart.  Committee members are expected to be active in the association and to take on a responsibility or role. They should reasonably expect to be able to attend all meetings. For further information read here.


Access our Female Convicts in Van Diemen's Land Database

As a Guest Researcher you will have access to more information on our website and access to the Female Convicts in Van Diemen's Land database.  For more information on the database please visit the page About the VDL Database.


You have access to a forum where you can ask other researchers for advice or share their convict stories. 

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Register as a Family Researcher

You can have your details recorded in the database as a family researcher.  We can then put you in touch with other family researchers of the convict you are researching, or contact you if new information is found.  Please complete the Share your convict story form.


Share your Convict Story

You are able to share their convict stories, images or documents.  We can add your stories to the website or the database.


Your Registration Questions

There are answers to many of your questions on the FAQ page. Any other questions can be answered by one of our volunteers by contacting usPlease remember that the FCRC is run by volunteers. Please be patient and we will attend to you as quickly as possible.

When you register you will be able to view and edit your account profile

You can edit your email newsletter subscriptions

You can terminate your account on edit your account profile page.









Please acknowledge our work, should you choose to use our research.  Our work may be subject to copyright therefore please check our Copyright Policy, and Disclaimer policy.

For academic referencing (suggestion only) Database: [http address], FCRC Female Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land database, entry for xxxx ID no xxx, accessed [date].

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