Launch of Statues
Launch of Statues, 27 February 2022
We are proud to announce that – finally – all four of Rowan Gillespie’s From the Shadows statues have been installed and unveiled.
Mercury 28 February 2022 p.9.
"From the Shadows" High Tea - Sunday 19 April 2020
Dr Dianne Snowden AM will talk about convict women at the Cascades Female Factory and children at the Queen's Orphan Schools.
David Boon will talk about the convict women and children he has been running for.
Multi-prize raffle for "From the Shadows".
$30 per ticket
Book by Sunday 12 April 5.00pm, unless fully booked sooner
Fundraising for four new Rowan Gillespie statues to commemorate convict women at the Cascades Female Factory and children at The Queen's Orphan.
19 April 2020 3.30pm
Hobart Town Tea Rooms
Shop 1/147 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS 7000
First Statue Launch, 16 February, 2021
The From the Shadows Committee is pleased to announce the successful installation of our first statue, female convict ‘Martha Gregory’. The statue was installed in Degraves Street, South Hobart, opposite the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. On Tuesday 16 February 2021, limited by COVID-19 restrictions, a small, ticketed event took place in glorious sunshine.
Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania with Brydie Pearce unveiled the statue to the delight of the small gathering. Brydie, a descendant of Martha Gregory, was chosen by Rowan Gillespie as the model for the statue. Martha Gregory was tried in Warwick, England, on 24 March 1806 and sentenced to transportation for 7 years for 'stealing printed cotton in a dwelling house'. Martha arrived in Van Diemen's Land via Sydney, as did so many early female convicts. She was the wife of Thomas Beames, District Constable at Port Dalrymple. Her statue represents all convict women, especially convict mothers.
Below: Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania with Brydie Pearce
Unveiled: our first statue, female convict ‘Martha Gregory’