Annual General Meeting of Convict Women's Press Inc - 2nd August 2021

The Annual General Meeting of the Convict Women’s Press, Inc. will be held on Monday 2 August 2021 at 5.45 pm and is expected to last around 15 minutes. The venue is the South Hobart Community Centre at the back of the Darcy Street playground (most direct access is via the steps opposite 51 Darcy Street, South Hobart).


The nature of the business of the AGM will be to receive reports and to elect the officers and committee for the coming year. There is no special business.

Nominations are called for the committee, which consists of:
and up to 6 General Committee Members

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, which are held 5.30pm to 6.30pm on the first Monday of alternate months, or more often as required, at the South Hobart Community Centre.


A Committee Nomination Form is available for download here.


Thank you for your support and interest in the valuable resources and services we provide as a voluntary organisation.

Ros Escott
CWP Public Officer




Convict Lives: Female Convicts at the New Norfolk Asylum

Product Code: 27
Availability: In Stock
Weight: 428.00g
Dimensions: 148.00mm x 112.00mm x 210.00mm

Price: AUD$30.00

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Format: Paperback.

Edition: 1st Edition.

Published 2021.  Pages: 220.

ISBN: 978-0-6484019-0-2

Edited by Dianne Snowden and Jane Harrington.

Colour plates.

Printed by Foot & Playsted, Launceston, Tasmania.


The sixth publication in the series of Convict Lives in Van Diemen’s Land recounts the lives of 15 convict women who spent time at the New Norfolk Asylum for the Insane in the 19th century.   The stories highlight there is much more to the life of a convict than a crime, trial and sentence. Seven of the authors are descendants of these women and share family stories of fractured and fragmented lives.


In 1859, the Commissioners of the Hospital of the Insane at New Norfolk wrote:

It must be borne in mind that a large majority of the patients … confined in the asylum have been of the convict class, the offspring of diseased parents, inheriting in very many cases a defective intellect, brought up from the earliest childhood in misery and vice, and leading in after years a life of sensual debauchery and crime, resulting in enfeeblement alike of body and mind—a more hopeless class of subjects it would be impossible to collect together in one institution.

Convict Lives: Female Convicts at the New Norfolk Asylum explores the veracity of this statement. By using archival material and family records, the book’s 22 authors reconstruct the lives of individual convict women.
They explore not only the reasons for admission but the treatment of the women while there. Seven of the authors, descendants of convict women admitted to the Asylum, share their family stories—of fractured and fragmented lives, of heartbreak and resilience. The narratives of the convict women admitted to the New Norfolk Asylum highlight that there is much more to the life of a convict than a crime, trial and sentence.

This book sensitively examines a neglected topic of female convict history and, in doing so, advances an understanding of the complexities of mental illness and intellectual disability in the nineteenth century.









Voyage/Pre-existing mental illness


Condition amentia


Condition mania


Condition monomania


Multiple admissions


Mother and son


Deaths an overview





A New Publication


Convict Women's Press

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Now Available

Convict Lives:

Female Convicts

at the New Norfolk Asylum


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