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Making a Fresh Start: Tasmanian Female Ex-convicts in Free Settlement Queensland

November 10, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Free – $10

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It is estimated that up to 50,000 former convicts left Van Diemen’s Land, mainly bound for Victoria, before and after transportation to the island colony ended in 1853. Others ventured further afield, including to New South Wales, South Australia and New Zealand. Among these emancipated Tasmanian convicts were women, along with their husbands and children, who travelled north to Queensland from the 1850s right through to the first decade of the 1900s. This presentation will explore the stories of these women and their families who sought to make a fresh start as ‘free settlers’ in the colony of Queensland.

Jan Richardson is a Queensland historian with a Graduate Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History and a Master of Philosophy from UNE. Her MPhil thesis examined the lives of female convicts and ex-convicts who arrived in Queensland after the closure of the Moreton Bay penal settlement in 1839. In 2020 Jan was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at Griffith University’s Harry Gentle Resource Centre to compile a biographical database of ex-convict women and their husbands in Queensland. She has recently been accepted as a PhD candidate at Griffith University examining ethnic diversity in early colonial Queensland.

This event is free for members of The Royal Historical Society of Queensland. For non-members, the ticket price includes entry to the Commissariat Store Museum.


November 10, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Free – $10


The Royal Historical Society of Queensland


Commissariat Store Museum
115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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