The Rajah Quilt

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Sunday, March 3, 2013


Convict Lives at the Launceston Female Factory

Convict Women's Press


On Saturday February 23rd, 2013, the new book, from Tasmanian publishing group Convict Women's Press; 'Convict Lives at the Launceston Female Factory', was officially launched at the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, in Hobart.
The book contains 34 stories about the lives of convict women who at some stage encountered the walls of the Launceston Female Factory.  Contributors range from historians, professors and family members, all keen to continue to bring the stories of female convicts to life. 
A few of the authors, along with myself, are direct descendants of the women they wrote about. 
Grace's story is included in this book, and Grace's photo on the front cover!
In a costume that belongs to the Female Factory - attempting to replicate the pose in the original photo of Grace

Signing copies of the books

The launch was a great celebration for all the authors.

Gary and I dressed for the occasion - Sam said we look like the Pastor and his wife :)

A photo of Grace, date unknown, current owner of this photograph also unknown - I would like to find out who has the copy that this image was made from.

More signing.

The Premier of Tasmania, the Honourable Lara Giddings, was official guest speaker at the launch.

I, along with 2 other contributors, was asked to read a short section of my story at the launch.