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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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Tamworth, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I could feel the spirits there.as a woman it saddened yet empower me to make my life meaningful. You must go there.but if u are of aboriginal descent and in touch with the spirit side of ur ancestryeven though it was white European women.it was wom n I advise a cleansing ceremony when u leave to leave the bad spirits... More

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Port Fairy, Australia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
20 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We had a very good guide that helped relive the lives of the unfortunate women and children that were housed here, the mortality rate of the poor children was terribel, well worth a visit

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Taree, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We didnt have time to go in but walked around the site . It is fantastic that Tasmania has preserved these sights and done such a good job of maintaining them and passing on the info of our past.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We did the reenactment tour first which was very insightful followed by the 45 min historical tour straight afterwards. It gave us an insight into how harsh this was on the female prisoners. Definitely recommend but need to do both tours to get the full picture.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Our tour guide was informative and professional and provided great insights into the lives of the women who worked in the Female Factory. However there is very little left of this building apart from the outer walls and I found it nearly impossible to imagine where walls, roofs and corridors had been just from the markings on the ground in... More

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Kate M, Public Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to prepare a review and provide your feedback. Unfortunately the site (Yard 1 specifically) has been an empty yard since just after the turn of the 20th century and more so since the 1990s when the marine boat service shed was removed along with the remnants of the besser brick winery building from the... More

Canberra, Australia
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38 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A stark reminder of our convict past - the girls who lived here did it tough. There's not that much to see so a guided tour provides information that puts it all into context. The site deals with its bleak history respectfully. There's a real solemness about the place. It's worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you're interested in Hobart's convict past, then the Female Factory is worth a visit, but don't expect to see a whole lot. It's not like Port Arthur where there is ample to see, but it is still a significant place for women's history in Tasmania. It has an eerie feel to it!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Important part of our history, a simple place but significant. It is outdoors so be wary of going there in the rain!

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Howard
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The tour and the story of one female convict are two attractions that must be taken in my opinion. just to wander through the site without a guide would miss so much important information. The staff at this attraction are lovely people and so knowledgable

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

this place was amazing to think that women were treated like this all because there were to many men in tassie at the time

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