A good piece for those interested in Tasmania’s convict past. The female factory in South Hobart is well worth a visit for all the interesting history it contains.

This story from The Mercury.

Tragic tales of females

RHIANNON Crane was just 15 when she began researching and writing the life story of a teenage girl who was incarcerated at the Ross Female Factory in the 1800s.

Miss Crane and 22 fellow authors have detailed the tragic but often inspirational stories of women held in the factory for a new book.

Convict Lives at the Ross Female Factory was launched by Premier Lara Giddings at the Cascades Female Factory in South Hobart yesterday.

Miss Crane was the youngest author to contribute to the book.

She recounted the story of Amelia McCabe, herself only 15 when she was transported to Van Diemen’s Land.

Miss Crane’s parents were among the other members of the Tasmanian branch of the Female Convicts Research Group writing for the book.

It was edited by author and University of Tasmania English professor Lucy Frost, who became interested in the stories of convict women shortly after arriving in Tasmania in the 1990s.

She co-founded the research group in 2004.