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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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It starts with a nice walk along the river, well with not so much water, so it is a small river and ends up in a historical experience. There is not so much to see actually, so if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Augsburg
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

It starts with a nice walk along the river, well with not so much water, so it is a small river and ends up in a historical experience. There is not so much to see actually, so if you are interested, it is better to make a guided tour. It is interesting to hear about the female convicts and to... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This was a very moving experience. My wife and I were short on time so took part in a guided tour. This was well worth it as the guide was excellent in describing the conditions that the women had to endure. Being part of the tour meant that we had access to one of the cottages onsite. Getting to the... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The site has significant history regarding female convicts, but as a tourist visiting there is not a great deal to see. You have to use your imagination and the enthusiasm of the guide (assuming you're on a tour). If they were to rebuild some of the pre-existing structures into the way they once were, it would make for a more... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This tour was interesting and informative. They brought in individual stories of women and also have set up stone paths marking the outlines of what has been torn down. I didn't like the opening walls with physical descriptions of the women-seemed like something you'd never have at a men's prison. But the guide was excited to share the history, and... More 

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Beechwood, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Just outside of old Hobart town we found this very interesting site. We took the guided tour and we're not disappointed. The site is well presented and our guide was friendly and knowledgeable making for an enjoyable experience even though the inmates suffered some horrific treatments early on with improvements slow to occur. How all this developed was good to... More 

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Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Although the Female Factory Site is exactly that (unfortunately no original buildings remain, apart from ), it has been marked out to show the original layout. The tour we joined was led by a very knowledgeable lady who was able evoke the horrors of the past as she told the stories of some of the women who had lived and... More 

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A very somber but educational place due to it's history. Sad to hear about all the babies dying there. Some of the stories told about what happened there is unimaginable.

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Stanthorpe, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Buy some local beer at the brewery and some lunch or bring a picnic like my family organized for me. You will love the creek and flora surrounding the creek. Again, bring your camera. No mobile phone pictures are not very good if you want to enlarge them!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I was amazed at what the docents did with so little to work with at this historic site. While only a few walls and relics remain of this 18th century gaol, the tour guides bring it to life with their captivating storytelling. The sad and difficult history of Tassie's convict past is told through song, play acting, and visual cues... More 

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Reynella, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

A good insight to how the prison system worked liked the tour. Thought the tour guide was a little embarrassed on some of the subject matter

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