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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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Take the tour and the dramatization

Run by same people that do Port Arthur. Well run but do not bother if you are only going to do self tour for $5, pay for the hour guided tour and the dramatization. The site is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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glebe sydney
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Run by same people that do Port Arthur. Well run but do not bother if you are only going to do self tour for $5, pay for the hour guided tour and the dramatization. The site is a UNESCO site as is port Arthur and the Tench. Take the time. Can get there by metro bus from Hobart. Not much... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Read the information and really get present to the injustices of the convict times. They were really nothing more than slaves. Their children were removed from them and sent to work camps. Absolutely tragic.

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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Web did not get into not the factory but the staff presentation and video was very informative. The chocolate is cheap

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It really is not that long ago that people suffered dreadfully. A nice job is being done to preserve what is left of this place of historic interest. You could choose to visit Tassie and not concern yourself with its harse beginnings. I feel this tour fitted it all together and completed a picture, thanks to the informative guide on... More 

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Malvern, Australia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

Sympathetic reconstruction of a convict woman's experience at the factory. Vividly acted, a wealth of information that brings the site to life. I then explored the site, finding it very evocative. There's only one original building left, but the various yards are carefully marked out & the pamphlet is informative. It was easy to envisage how it must have been,... More 

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Sydney
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

It is run by Port Arthur Historic Site & is a part of history only recently told of the life's and the many deaths of the women convicts and their children. There is very little of the site to see but a lot of information to glean from the excellent guide ( Lora in our case) who beautifully relayed the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We were really interested in going to the Female factory and made a one hour trip especially to see it. All the brochures indicate a living museum with tours but actually is slightly misleading. We paid our entrance fee to be subsequently told we'd missed the tour. The woman at the desk was downright rude. When you go into the... More 

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Adelaide
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

A very significant newer addition to Hobart's historical places. Regrettably, many of the buildings have been demolished, but the guide (extra charge) explained the structure of the buildings and their use, and the daily lives of inmates, very well. Thankfully the Matron's house is relatively intact. There didn't seem enough information around the site and we noticed several other visitors... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The Cascades Female Factory is almost more significant for what's NOT there. Late 19th century and early 20th century Tasmanians tried to eradicate their convict stain by obliterating sites such as this. Thanks to the work of many women's groups, what remains of the site has been preserved, a tribute to the women cruelly transported and appallingly treated by early... More 

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Oz
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The area was interesting (but very cold - take a good coat, hat and scarf) and the guide gave us considerable information but apart from the convict built walls and the matron's home there was really not much to see.

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