In this month of May we pay tribute 210 years ago to the arrival of the fourth embarkation in the exodus from Norfok Island of the ship Estramina leaving in the afternoon of 15th May 1808 and arriving at Hobart Town on 5th June 1808 under the command of Lt Aspley RN. He bought with him 29 men, 8 women, 22 children and 1 servant. These new arrivals did have some very good implements, stock and seeds with them, although limited they were all far superior than what came with the first settlers to VDL and were to prove a great help to the food supply here.
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From Limerick to Campbell Town to Detroit, Meredith Hodgson guides us through the remarkable life of Eliza Williams.
The author Alice Meredith Hodgson will be in conversation with fellow historian Dr Kristyn Harman.
Thursday, April 12 at 5:30pm
Fullers Bookshop, 131 Collins St, Hobart RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1851 Eliza Williams was found guilty of theft. The punishment was transportation to Van Diemen’s Land for seven years. She was despatched to serve with the other convicts at Rosedale, John Leake’s magnificent estate near Campbell Town. There she lived and worked: cleaning, washing, polishing, sewing and answering the bell when the mistress rang.
Three decades later Eliza was on the other side of the world and at the other end of the social scale. She corresponded with the Leakes over many years from Detroit and her letters tell an extraordinary tale of a convict woman’s journey to prosperity, status and wealth.
Eliza Williams’ passage from convict maid to society matron is meticulously researched. Meredith Hodgson opens a door to the way colonial masters and convict servants interacted in the close confines of the private realm of an elite home. Eliza moves beyond the prison. Her life in Detroit was a steady improvement after the poverty of her childhood and the restraint of servitude.
Posted on 29 Mar 2018 by webmaster. Send your comments by email to
The Female Convicts Research Centre (FCRC) is conducting an interesting Seminar at the Hobart Town Hall entitled "The Hobart Town Female Factory and the move to the Cascades, 1828".
When: Sunday, 22nd April 2018
Where: Hobart Town Hall, Macquarie Street, Hobart
For more details about the Seminar program and to Register select this link to FCRC. Cost is $40 which includes morning tea and a light lunch.
The program also includes the Convict Women’s Press launch of their new book, “Convict Lives At The Cascade Female Factory” by Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Governor of Tasmania. The book has individual stories of women at the factories and our member Diane Davis is the author of one of the stories in this book.
The books will be available for purchase on the day.
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An list of speakers covering varied and interesting topics for the 2018 monthly meetings of the Association is now available for members. Remember that meetings are now held at the Moonah Community Centre, 7 Gormanston Road, Moonah on the first Tuesday each month except for January.
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Members of the Hobart Town (1804) First Settlers Association Inc. regret the passing of their long-time member, Margaret. She served the Association in many roles and was a staunch advocate in recognising the history and heritage of Tasmania and will be sorely missed. The December meeting of the Association will be held as planned, knowing this would be Margaret's wish. (Published in The Mercury 2 December 2017)
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The HTFS monthly meetings venue has moved to the Moonah Community Centre, 7 Gormanston Road, Moonah with the September meeting being the first. Change is often difficult but a number of advantages for members include easier parking, better kitchen, less work to setup room on arrival and departure and more convenient bus service, just to name a few.
I hope we see more members attend monthly meetings at this new venue.
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