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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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Very interesting historic site

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... read more

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

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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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

A heart wrenching depiction of life for the women who were unfortunate enough to find themselves incarcerated at the Female Factory in the 1800s. Very moving and realistic in its presentation I would highly recommend this tour to anyone truly interested in the reality of life as a convict in Van Diemans Land.

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A chilling chapter in our colonial history told in the tour as we walked around the site. An overlooked part of our history now given some prominence. Simple structures are all that remain but the sense of place is still strong and so sad.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We decided to go to the Female factory site instead of Arthur's Point because of our interest in what happened to the female convicts. Our guide was incredible. The day was cold which in many ways was an advantage we we could experience in a very small way how cold this prison was. We came away stunned at the story... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Really good - informative and very moving. It captivated the 10 and 11 year old. While the dreary and miserable day added to the atmosphere, make sure you take a raincoat if it is wet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Our tour was very well done - taking you along to explain the day to day life of the women in the prison it was full of history and education. While the facts were sad and quite confronting you came away learning so much and taking a piece of Hobart with you.

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

It was great to learn so much about female live in a convict work. Although there is not that much in the way of ruins and building the guides make up for it with so much detail and interesting facts. Good to find out about how women survived in such a harsh world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The female factory has little of the original left, but guides give a clear understanding of life in 1800 for female convicts. Great information Sandra.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I am so beveled about something.......... I was living in Tasmania for 17yrs migrated from Europe, to return to Tasmania as a tourist entertaining my two Grandson's as I was visiting from the USA, How Tassie has a raw convict deal from the past, special the women that were send to this female slaving factory.to know the people that lived... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Reenactment of life in the female factory by actors. The acting was great but it would have been enhanced by the use of some props, nothing too elaborate but it was a bit difficult to imagine some parts of the story. Tasmania does this oral history very well in a number of places such as Sarah island and Strachan. It... More 

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Address: 16 Degraves Street | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 6233 6656
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Tasmania  >  Hobart
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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