Why Irish women committed arson to come to Van Diemen’s Land

September 30, 2005

The latest in a series of talks at Port Arthur looks at why the women committed arson and examines the lives of the women when they were free.

Titled, A White Rag Burning: Irish women who committed arson in order to be transported to Van Diemen’s Land, the talk will be presented by Dianne Snowden.

Nearly 250 women were transported from Ireland to Van Diemen’s land for arson. Of these, there is evidence that at least 79 offended in order to be transported.

Dianne is President of the Professional Historians Association of Tasmania and the Secretary of the Tasmanian Historical Research Association. She has recently submitted her Ph.D at the University of Tasmania, and will be familiar to many in local and family history circles.


Wednesday October 5, 2005 5.30 p.m.

At the Asylum, Port Arthur Historic Site