The Next Meeting of the Group will be held on:

Tuesday February 13, 2024, from 1:00pm

At The Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre

251 Faraday Street, Carlton

Recreating the lives of Tasmanian female convicts

by Cheryl Griffin

Further information to come!


For members and others wanting to join by Zoom you will need the following ID and passcode:

Meeting ID: 857 0288 3385                            Passcode: 686495

The talk will be followed by our Christmas breakup and presentation of 10/20/30/40 year member badges.

About the Descendants of Convicts Group Inc.

In early 1981, some members of the Genealogical Society of Victoria felt that as there was an increasing interest in convicts and the convict system of Australia, the formation of a group dedicated to the promotion of this interest would be beneficial.

On 2 May of that year, about 30 members met and it was agreed to form a group for those who could claim a convict forebear who had been transported to an Australian colony, in penalty of crime, between 1788 and 1868, or for those who had a special interest in convicts.

It was decided to call this The Descendants of Convicts Group.

The aims of the Group are to educate participating members on matters pertaining to the convict system. These matters will include:

  • Conditions which prevailed in the United Kingdom and the Australian colonies at the time
  • The Transportation system
  • Relevant sources of information both within the United Kingdom and Australia
  • Processes for tracing ones ancestry and levels of proof required for Group membership
  • Matters of general genealogical interest

These aims are achieved through regular meetings, field visits, workshops and social events.

In 1992 the Group became incorporated under the name The Descendants of Convicts Group Victoria Incorporated which was later changed to remove the word "Victoria" because we were recognized Australia wide.

Why not join us and become a member? If you have questions, please check home page email.


The current committee members of the Descendants of Convicts Group Inc. are:

President:                    Glenn Golds (phone: 0468 799 473)

Vice President:            Alan Bartlett

Secretary:                    Bronwyn Quint (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  phone: 0439 808 000)

Honorary Treasurer:   Ian Hind

Examiner of Proofs:   Julie Dworak 

Webmaster:                 Glenn Arkell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Newsletter Editor:       Jenny Ford  (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Committee:                  Lyn Bardon

                                      Mary Golds

                                      Kathleen Hall 


To clarify any confusion around the Facebook entity called Descendants of Convicts private group, this is not us.  We are not affiliated with this group in any way.