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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 #13 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The site itself is worth a look and the production of "her story" was really well done, the performances were believable and gave plenty of information! Doing this, as well as a day at port Arthur is well worth it!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Went to the Cascades Female Factory to learn a little more about how female convicts were treated in the day. The only way to experience this is to go and watch "Her story". This is an experience well worth it, from the start of their introduction to the end. Its confronting and sometimes a little scary. But if you really... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We did this site as part of our Hobart City tour. It was interesting in its way but not worth a special trip out just to see it.

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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Cascades Female Factory guided tour gives you an incredible insite into the things that female prisons had to go through. It was amazing and shocking to hear. You can just have a look around on your own or pay for the guided tour. It is out in the sun so wear a hat and sunscreen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Greta heritage & historical site with guided tours & a live show available.Well worth the extra money!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Was an eye opener to see, hear of what it was like for the women in the early settlers years. Well done

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

'Her story' was an informative and emotional presentation that gave us many insights into those times of hardship. Although we didn't pay the extra to explore the whole site, we both agreed that what we had seen was well worth attending.

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Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I can not even imagine what life was really like for the women imprisoned here. There were emotional aspects to the visit as you learn what women endured and for some, there was little reason for their imprisonment. I rated it a "very good" BUT you should truly be interested in history and have a bit of an imagination otherwise... More

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Berkeley
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I paid for the 45 minute Heritage Tour and while the guide was very knowledgeable (and recounted the stories of two of her ancestors who spent time in the Factory), the tour didn't add too much to what the brochures and exhibits said. Also, sadly, nearly all of the original buildings have been destroyed and now you can only see... More

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Port Arthur was on my bucket list however my friend also want to see this site so we did and neither of us were disappointed. We are standing in a court yard surrounded by a high brick wall listening to the horrific conditions these women suffered while working here. If you love history and fascinated by how Australia was formed... More

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