The Next Meeting of the Group will be held on:

Tuesday February 13, 2024, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

At The Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre

Multipurpose Room 2

251 Faraday Street, Carlton

Recreating the lives of Tasmanian female convicts

by Cheryl Griffin

The work described in this talk is the result of an amazing collaborative project run out of Hobart by the Female Convicts Research Centre (FCRC), with volunteers around the world adding to our knowledge of the 13,500 women who were transported to Van Diemen’s Land between 1803 and 1855. Through the Centre’s website, its seminars and especially through the Centre’s database, the journeys of these women can be traced, many from cradle to grave.

This talk will be of particular interest to the many members of DOCS who have ancestors who were Tasmanian female convicts. The talk will however provide valuable ‘tips and tools’ for anyone interested in researching female convicts from Van Diemen’s Land.

The Female Convicts Research Centre Inc. can be found at:

Dr Cheryl Griffin is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) and has wide-reaching historical interests and over the past decade has volunteered with a number of historical societies. Cheryl has been a volunteer with the Female Convicts Research Centre (FCRC), based in Hobart, for many years. She has written articles and presented papers on a wide variety of historical topics and is currently working on projects for FCRC, RHSV and Brunswick Community History Group among others.

For members and others wanting to join by Zoom you will need the following ID and passcode:

Meeting ID: 857 0288 3385                            Passcode: 686495


About the Descendants of Convicts Group Inc.

In early 1981, some members of the Genealogical Society of Victoria felt that as there was an increasing interest in convicts and the convict system of Australia, the formation of a group dedicated to the promotion of this interest would be beneficial.

On 2 May of that year, about 30 members met and it was agreed to form a group for those who could claim a convict forebear who had been transported to an Australian colony, in penalty of crime, between 1788 and 1868, or for those who had a special interest in convicts.

It was decided to call this The Descendants of Convicts Group.

The aims of the Group are to educate participating members on matters pertaining to the convict system. These matters will include:

  • Conditions which prevailed in the United Kingdom and the Australian colonies at the time
  • The Transportation system
  • Relevant sources of information both within the United Kingdom and Australia
  • Processes for tracing ones ancestry and levels of proof required for Group membership
  • Matters of general genealogical interest

These aims are achieved through regular meetings, field visits, workshops and social events.

In 1992 the Group became incorporated under the name The Descendants of Convicts Group Victoria Incorporated which was later changed to remove the word "Victoria" because we were recognized Australia wide.

Why not join us and become a member? If you have questions, please check home page email.


The current committee members of the Descendants of Convicts Group Inc. are:

President:                    Glenn Golds (phone: 0468 799 473)

Vice President:            Alan Bartlett

Secretary:                    Bronwyn Quint (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  phone: 0439 808 000)

Honorary Treasurer:   Ian Hind

Examiner of Proofs:   Julie Dworak 

Webmaster:                 Glenn Arkell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Newsletter Editor:       Jenny Ford  (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Committee:                  Lyn Bardon

                                      Mary Golds

                                      Kathleen Hall 


To clarify any confusion around the Facebook entity called Descendants of Convicts private group, this is not us.  We are not affiliated with this group in any way.