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24-January-2018 (Arthur Garland)
24-January-2018 (Arthur Garland)

Photographs supplied by Arthur Garland / Fiona Morrison

Four sculptures commemorate the convict women and their children who were transported to Van Diemen`s Land (Tasmania). The sculptures are at the location where they disembarked after their journey.

The project called Footsteps Towards Freedom tells the untold stories through the artwork about Hunter Island, the arrival point for many women and children who came to Tasmania in the 19th century.

From 1803 to 1853, almost 13,000 convict women together with 2,000 children arrived in Van Diemen’s Land.


Address:Hunter Street, Franklin Wharf, Hobart, 7000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.881818
Long: 147.335673
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1803
Approx. Event End Date:1853
Artist:Rowan Gillespie (Ireland)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 14th October, 2017
Front Inscription


Rowan Gillespie

Unveiled October 14 2017 by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC Governor of Tasmania

In the esteemed company of  His Excellency Michael D Higgins President of Ireland

13,000 convict women were transported to Van Diemen’s Land between 1803 and 1853, bringing with them 2,000 children.

Here on Hunter Island they disembarked.

Footsteps Towards Freedom

John Kelly  Carole Edwards  Joanna Lyngcoln  Lucy Frost

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au