They came in their thousands, shiploads of impoverished convict women and children. From 1803 to 1853, almost 13,000 convict women together with 2,000 children arrived in Van Diemen’s Land. For decades after transportation stopped and the island was renamed Tasmania, a “convict stain” spread over the stories of their lives.
This project lifts the amnesia and will publicly remember them. On the Hobart waterfront, where they disembarked, a sculpture by the internationally renowned artist Rowan Gillespie will make them visible once more.
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