Welcome to this humble start-up.
The idea of Australian Convict Research London came about naturally from the lack of any group in London, England or the UK specific to the study of Australian convict history. I started a Twitter page towards the end of last year to share convict research news and other bits and bobs of interest. At that time it was a bit too cold to think of starting a meet up.
Australian Convict Research London has already started a research project – Transported Female Convicts of Westminster. Apart from myself, we also have 3 volunteers working on this project. A website will be coming soon but for the time being the group information will be hosted herein through King River Press.
The best news is though that spring has sprung and the time is nigh:
Our meetings will take place on the last Saturday of each month – forthcoming June venue TBA.
Our first meeting will be:
When: Saturday 27 May from 3 – 4 pm
Where: Westminster Reference Library in the Isaac Newton Room
Address: 35 St Martin’s Street Westminster London WC2H 7HP
You must book a free ticket through eventbrite to attend.
The link is here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/australian-convict-research-london-inaugural-meeting-tickets-635944526197
How to get there: Westminster Reference Library is centrally located between Leicester and Trafalgar Squares and behind the National and Portrait Galleries. It’s within 5 minutes walking distance of Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Charing Cross tube stations and many central buses.
Access: The Isaac Newton Room is on the second floor. Given the age of this library, there is sadly no lift. If you require assistance walking up, please contact me prior to the meeting and I’ll escort you up the stairs.
We can head off for a coffee or drink in the local area afterwards.
Cheers and hope to see you there! Jodie