'Van Diemen's Women, A History of Transportation to Tasmania' with Historian Joan Kavanagh

Exhibition Space in Wicklow Library Tuesday 8th March 7pm.

Over the course of eighty years of transportation to Australia between 1788 and 1868, nearly 4,000 Irish women were sent to the penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land.

On 2 September 1845, the convict ship ‘Tasmania’ left Kingstown Harbour with 138 females and their 35 children on board. One of these was Wicklow woman Eliza Davis who, having had her sentence commuted from death to life for the crime of infanticide, was transported from Wicklow Gaol to the penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land.

To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, historian Joan Kavanagh will give a fascinating talk on the reality of transportation and survival for women like Eliza, and the rich legacy they left behind in Australia and beyond.

The talk will take place in the Exhibition Space in Wicklow Library on Tuesday 8th of March from 7 to 8pm.

For booking please contact Wicklow library on 0404 67025 or wicklib@wicklowcoco.ie

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