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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Address: 16 Degraves Street | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 6233 6656
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Ranked #10 of 51 Attractions in Hobart
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Australia's most significant site associated with female convicts...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Australia's most significant site associated with female convicts sits in the shadow of Mount Wellington, a short distance from the Hobart CBD.Women were incarcerated here as punishment or while waiting to be assigned. With guards, nurses and babies, up to 1000 people lived here at any one time. Discover the stories of female convicts and their children on a guided tour that operate regularly throughout the day.Experience 'Her Story' - a moving and emotional 45 minute dramatised guided walking tour. Open daily, 9.30Am-4pm.
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Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Almost all of the buildings have been demolished and all that tends to remain are some of the perimeter walls. To get the most out of this location it is important to do a tour so that you can experience what it would have been like as it is extremely difficult to get a true appreciation from a self guided... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This seemed like a great place to visit, historical buildings and social history. Firstly, there was nothing to show the buildings, except gravel shapes outlined to illustrate where the buildings had been. Poor signage.. We never did find out what the area in the front of the reception area was. It is quite a large site, much much more could... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I expected a lot more. The only original structures are the perimeter walls- the rest is just a series of open yards. There is paving depicting where the walls used to be. There is some signage, but a lot of it is hard to read, and from viewing the comments has been for some time.

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Phuket, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I would recommend the re-enactment of Mary's tale in 'Her Story', it would easily be the best presented history presentation we saw in our trip around Tasmania. It gives you a sense of what things were like 200 years ago, more so that you would ever get just wandering around the site which is not large and consists of the... More 

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Hamilton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Loved the historic tour and the re-enactment of Mary's tale in "Her Story". The chance to interact was fantastic (my son rang a bell and I defended Mary's concerns) everyone felt drawn in and involved. I was so taken by the performance I couldn't help but buy the book and CD which I look forward to on returning home again.... More 

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Cairns Region, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I took the tour and the Living History (Her Story) tour... both were fascinating and well done. There is not alot to see as most of the buildings no longer exist (hence a good reason to take the tour) but you get a fantastic feel for what it would have been like for the hundreds of female convicts to had... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

It was a good place to visit and certainly give an incite into the way women were treated back in the day.

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Sunbury, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The tour of the Female Factory is well worth the visit. It is informative and eye opening about the life of female convicts. We visited on a Saturday, so bus frequency was limited. We decided to walk back to the city centre - almost 3km - along the Hobart Rivulet track. An easy walk on an interesting path. The female... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We had been to the Female Factory last year so just did Her Story this year. Another fantastic performance by this group of actors. How 2 people can so quickly transport you to time past and engage you in a range of emotions is incredible. Highly recommend it.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Despite living in Hobart for over thirty years I had never visited this attraction as driving past it it just looked like high walls and empty space. It is just that but the walls of the original buildings are demarcated on the floor and with a good guide, and Shelley was a good guide, it all comes to life. A... More 

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