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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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I really enjoyed the history of this site. When you arrive, all that you see is the shell and grounds of what would have been. I definitely recommend doing a tour as the stories... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

It's a moving and fascinating experience of how life was for the inmates. Our guide Michelle was really fantastic in bringing the whole place to life for us.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

A tour at 3pm on a late autumn afternoon was the perfect time to get a feel for what the conditions at this place would have been like for the hundreds of women that passed through the gates. Such interesting historical facts and context offered during the tour helped to bring to life the various players in the prison system,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I really enjoyed the history of this site. When you arrive, all that you see is the shell and grounds of what would have been. I definitely recommend doing a tour as the stories and information gained through a guide is invaluable. It is also really interesting to look through the files of women who lived on the site and... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

It was good to visit a site which has not tried to over dramatise the experience. Keeping it simple by providing outline of size and location of the various buildings that were located on the site was just right. Particularly poignant was the plagues listing the names of the convicts and their crimes.

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Narre Warren, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Very sad to hear about these poor women. Thought the men at Port Arthur were treated badly but they had nothing on what the women in Cascades went through. I knew nothing about what the women went through before visiting and think it is a part of our history that really needs to be told.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

The guided tour was very impressive ... Recommend this as the stories told by the guide bring the female factory alive ... Jenny descendent of Margaret Heap..

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

My friend & I took the walking tour & I'm sorry I can't recall the name of our tour guide but she was outstanding. She told us she was an archaeologist (if that helps to identify her), because she deserves accolades! She was a compelling, knowledgable & passionate story teller & was able to help us envisage the lifestyle these... More 

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Gippsland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The surprise when you get here was that there was virtually nothing left at the site. Some of the exterior walls were left and one building, the matron's house. If you wandered around by yourself you wouldn't get much out of it really though they have marked out on the ground the layout of where the walls were and have... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

With ancestors who experienced this rather intimidating place we wanted to try to get some idea of what the experience would have felt like? Of course almost impossible to do this but from wondering around the yards and taking time to reflect on the written history of this place it is possible to gain a glimpse into the past and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I did the self guided tour as we had just missed the guided tour. It's history is great but you need to have a great imagination as it basically just walls. I wouldn't bother if you don't get on a tour. The walk along the rivulet to get there was the highlight.

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