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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 #14 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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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We visited this moving site whilst on Louisa's Walk. We have visited before but did not gain the insite that we did on the "Walk". I am sure if you had a guide it would be just as meaningful but I highly recommend seeing it in conjunction with Louisa's Walk. The way this site has been interpreted is wonderful!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A must to visit! The day was showery and cool which really set the scene, gave us an understanding of the conditions the people had to endure on a daily basis. The two presenters did a fantastic job transporting us back in time and helped us realise the sheer brutality of the era.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

To me, and this is only my opinion, don't go there unless you are prepared to have someone talk you around the place so you get the feel of it. There really isn't much to see other than what has been replicated with modern materials. The most interesting sight was the old washing hanging on the line and the building... More

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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was the best convict past tour I have ever done. We visited with 2 14 year old boys and they really loved it too. the tour lasts 45 minutes and in that time you get a really good idea of what life was like for the female convicts.The tour was interesting and interactive and just the right length. Bring... More

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Blackmans Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I thought I had a fair knowledge of our state's early years, but it wasn't till a visiting friend mentioned the site to me that I finally visited. Okay, I have now slapped myself severely for omitting this jewel in the past and deprived other visitors from this most fascinating attraction. As a result of wanting to 'bury the past',... More

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Budgewoi, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It is such a shame that some of our early historic places are in dire need of help. These places serve as a reminder of who we are and where we came from.

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Adelaide
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I had previously done the Louisa's walk so decided to do the female factory tour, it was very interesting telling us how the female convicts arrived here and what their life was like, we were part of a small tour group and it's best to pay a little bit extra to get the guided tour as you can learn more.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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

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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