Congratulations to Cheryl Hasson, winner of the Peg Peacock Memorial Shield, for the Outstanding Member of the Year. Cheryl has provided support to the Launceston City group over a number of years and has ensured the group has continued to flourish. Cheryl has stepped up to assist the group even during her recuperation from a serious accident. She recently represented the Region, speaking at the M. Jean Ellis dinner at the Perth Triennial Convention and is currently the Tasmanian Regional President.


Launceston City members at Perth Convention



Tasmanian members are very proud of the achievements of our past members.  After seventeen years of painstaking research Dianne Snowden has published her book “Van Diemen’s Women-A History of Transportation to Tasmania” co-authored by her Irish colleague, Joan Kavanagh.  This book is a great read if you have any desire to understand more about early life as a convict woman in this country.

Dr Dianne Snowden; Australian Ambassador to Ireland Dr Ruth Adler and Joan Kavanagh at the book launch in Wicklow Gaol
Dr Dianne Snowden; Australian Ambassador to Ireland Dr Ruth Adler and Joan Kavanagh at the book launch in Wicklow Gaol



On September 2, 1845, the convict ship Tasmania left Kingstown Harbour near Dublin for Van Diemen’s Land with 138 female convicts and their 35 children. On December 3, the ship arrived in the River Derwent.

While this book looks at all the women aboard, it focuses on two women in particular. Eliza Davis was transported from Wicklow Gaol for life for infanticide, having had her sentence commuted from death. The other main character is Margaret Butler, sentenced to seven years’ transportation for stealing potatoes in Carlow.

 Using original records, this study reveals the reality of transportation, together with the legacy left by these women in Tasmania and beyond, and shows that perhaps, for some, this Draconian punishment was, in fact, a life-saving m




A Member’s Perspective

I have been a member of The Penguin Club for over 10 years.  I initially joined on my return to Tasmania, for the purpose of meeting new people but also to improve my public speaking ability and to learn to speak publicly in a more efficient manner.

I was immediately won over by the professionalism of the Club and the amazing women I met from all walks of life who just seemed to speak with such confidence.

The Club has enabled me to become a confident public speaker and to learn how to compose a well constructed speech.  I have also learnt meeting procedure and I particularly love the skill of being able to keep a meeting on track and have it finished on time.

Whenever I think “What have I gained from a meeting” I am amazed that each time, I can go home having learnt something, having had a giggle and having built on relationships with other like-minded women who aim to improve their confidence and public speaking abilities.  There are few clubs that can give this much in such a small amount of time each month.

The Launceston Evening Group to which I belong is a very social group and we usually enjoy a meal together after our evening meeting.  To say we have had fun, especially at our Christmas functions is an understatement.

I have held several positions within the Club and have particularly enjoyed the role of President and Group Advisor.  All in all The Penguin Club has enriched my life and provided me with new opportunities and new friends that I may not have otherwise.


We are currently working on establishing more groups in Hobart and Launceston.  Call or email Sandra if you are interested in helping out or coming along to a new group.


Sandra Hetherington
(03) 62614307

The next Triennial Convention  is in Launceston in 2019

BrightonCouncil Offices,
205 Brighton Road, Brighton
1st & 3rd Wednesday 7.30pmShirley
0429 290 186
Office of Lisa Singh,152 Macquarie St, Hobart
2nd & 4th Mondays
03 6278 2850
Launceston EveningFor venue please phone Brodwyn for details3rd Wednesday
0417 305 715