The Convict Women's Press authors come from a diverse range of backgrounds - dedicated amateur historians, high-profile professional historians, best-selling authors and academics - each and every one of our members is dedicated to producing research outcomes and writing accounts of their findings both to a high professional standard and also in a way that brings these convict women, our foremothers, alive to a twenty-first century audience.


Alison Alexander

Alison Alexander

Alison Alexander has edited Convict lives at the George Town Female Factory, published in 2014 by Convict Women's Press. She also wrote Tasmania's convicts: how felons built a free society (Allen & Unwin, 2010), and her book, The ambition of Jane Franklin: Victorian lady adventurer, won the National Biography Award in 2014. Alison has been a member of the Female Convicts' Research Centre and Convict Women's Press since their inception.

Lucy Frost

 Lucy Frost


Lucy Frost is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Tasmania. From the Edges of Empire is the tenth book she has written or edited, beginning with No Place for a Nervous Lady in 1984. She was a member of the editorial committee for CWP’s first book, Convict Lives (2009). She edited the press’s second book, Convict Lives at the Ross Female Factory (2011); co-edited with Meredith Hodgson the third book Convict Lives at the Launceston Female Factory (2013); and has co-edited with Colette McAlpine the fifth book from the press, Edges of Empire (2015).

Alice Meredith Hodgson

 Meredith Hodgson

Meredith Hodgson is a late starter to history having spent a career in human services management and policy with ventures on the side into farming and the wine industry. She has now left them behind. Her primary interest is Tasmanian colonial history. In the last few years she has turned more formally to its study with a key focus on bringing colonial manuscripts to a present-day audience. Meredith contributed two chapters to Convict Lives at the Ross Female Factory in 2011 and, with Lucy Frost, edited Convict Lives at the Launceston Female Factory in 2012. Meredith’s annotated transcription of an 1854-55 diary was published in 2014 under the title Miss Leake’s Journal. This book explores daily colonial life in an elite rural household in the Tasmanian Midlands.

Sadly, Meredith passed away in 2019.



Colette McAlpine

Colette McAlpine


Colette McAlpine, a retired teacher, is vice-president of the Female Convicts Research Centre, as well as database manager and volunteer co-ordinator. She traces the lives of Tasmanian convicts and transcribes their records with the help of a volunteer team from across the globe. Colette has written about convict women in three volumes of the Convict Lives  series published by Convict Women’s  Press, and in Pack of Thieves? 52 Female Factory Lives, published by the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority. She is a member of the international collaborative research team on the Founders and Survivors project. Colette co-edited From the Edges of Empire with Lucy Frost











A New Publication


Convict Women's Press

 CL NN web

Now Available

Convict Lives:

Female Convicts

at the New Norfolk Asylum