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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

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Address: 16 Degraves Street | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 6233 6656
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Description: Australia's most significant site associated with female convicts sits in...
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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This was a fascinating place, not much of the Female Factory remains, but with our knowledgeable guide Esther you get a pretty good picture of how this place would have been back... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This was a fascinating place, not much of the Female Factory remains, but with our knowledgeable guide Esther you get a pretty good picture of how this place would have been back in the 1800's during the convict era. We followed the tour with "Her Story" which was excellent. The actors Judith and Chris where very convincing and brought the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We began our day by walking along the Hobart Rivulet Track on a gorgeous sunny day enjoying the scenery on our way to the Female Factory. We arrived just in time for a Heritage Tour with John, who brought the whole scene to life as we walked through what remains of the site. The history and traumatic experiences these women... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

It was very cold when we visited and we were not inclined to linger, but this is a very fascinating site with good informational noticeboards. I have heard from others that the guided tour is excellent.

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Wyndham Vale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I did a guided tour and then backed it up with the re-enactment. A great way to get a thorough, interesting and informative history lesson. Highly recommenced.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Great re-enactment of life as a female prisoner back in early convict days. Actors encouraged audience participation. Well done!

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Hobart, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Dont bother, some history here but really nothing much to see and quite boring. So many other fantastic places to visit than a exercise yard ...

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I chose to do the tour with a guide.It was nice to see a guide so interested in giving us the history of the place.Knowledgable guides really make history come alive for you.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Marvellous job in bringing to life what isn't much more than imagined ruins. The tour is excellent and the play is also highly worthwhile in recreating the experience of women prisoners.

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Tasmania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Well worthwhile spending the money to attend the dramatization at the Female Factory. It really gave you a feel for what the convicts day was like, and the way the prison was run.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

There is little left of the original buildings except the yard walls and the Matrons cottage, however the way the site is laid out with the walls of the original buildings marked out it really gives you a sense of what the place would have been like when it housed up to 1000 women convicts at its peak. The staff... More 

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