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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

16 Degraves Street | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
+61 3 6233 6656
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Ranked #14 of 69 Attractions in Hobart
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Hobart was settled primarily as a convict prison for Great Britain.  Women convicts were housed in separate barracks called "female factories" until... more »
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Wodonga, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a must for anyone interested in convict history - the tour was informative, the site and attractions well organised, the staff extremely helpful. I like the way they have 'renovated' the site so that you get a sense of what was there. Life was tough for these women

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Melbourne Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

A must do if history is an interest. Very informative about life as a convict (female) and the challenges they faced. Tour guide was informative and knowledgeable.

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sydney
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

I recently visited this site in Hobart. I arrived in time to view "Her Story", a re-enactment of the conditions in the factory by two actors. This was followed by a guided tour of the site. Whilst there aren't a lot of actual buildings on the site, the actors and guide were able to cleverlly convey the conditions of the... More

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Adelaide
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

we did this as part of a walk and thought it was very interesting, it could probably do with some more content, we liked it

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HONOLULU
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Not worth the visit as there is nothing there but a large empty area. Hard to image what is was really like.

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We went for one tour and we were so fascinated we stayed for two. Well worthwhile!! Initially signed for the "her story" walk and stayed for the full tour led show. This is a forgotten part of our history, much of the site has been removed and without the tours it cannot be appreciated.

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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We visited this moving site whilst on Louisa's Walk. We have visited before but did not gain the insite that we did on the "Walk". I am sure if you had a guide it would be just as meaningful but I highly recommend seeing it in conjunction with Louisa's Walk. The way this site has been interpreted is wonderful!

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

A must to visit! The day was showery and cool which really set the scene, gave us an understanding of the conditions the people had to endure on a daily basis. The two presenters did a fantastic job transporting us back in time and helped us realise the sheer brutality of the era.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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31 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

To me, and this is only my opinion, don't go there unless you are prepared to have someone talk you around the place so you get the feel of it. There really isn't much to see other than what has been replicated with modern materials. The most interesting sight was the old washing hanging on the line and the building... More

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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was the best convict past tour I have ever done. We visited with 2 14 year old boys and they really loved it too. the tour lasts 45 minutes and in that time you get a really good idea of what life was like for the female convicts.The tour was interesting and interactive and just the right length. Bring... More

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