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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 #16 of 70 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We were tossing up between a couple of heritage tours. Decided on the heritage and 'her story' tours at the female factory, we were not disappointed at all with our choice. The heritage tour was fascinating and told us everything we needed to know, so very sad some of it, with the babies. Then, the 'her story' with 2 actors,... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Visited here as part of Louisa's Walk and had a good commentary of what life was like for those poor women convicts that were forced to work here. The conditions they faced were unimaginably terrible and you could not help but feel sorry for what these women would have gone through. Just happy we live in this day and age

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We walked from our hotel in Battery Point. Great place and a very sad part of our history. I never knew these places existed until I came to Tasmania.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

isited in October 2013. We finished early at the Salamanca Market so we decided to visit this place - very close to Hobart Town. We got there and the staff was lovely and we were just in time for the "walk". It was very interesting to see a different side of Hobart's initial migration - in a girl's perspective. So... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

There is not much to see frankly except to read some literature of what the female factory was like. While reading about the conditions they lived in was moving and an interesting part of the history of that region and time, we were disappointed to see just an open space with hardly any of the original structure on display. I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This place is amazing. My husband and children visited this site in September and had the best history lesson in convict history. A must is to do the tour with the guide and then join the actors in their play portraying one of the female convicts life during her stay in the prison. Visiting this place makes you realise how... More

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Bathurst, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The venue guide was exceptional and gave us a detailed description of how the female factory was laid out. They are slowly recreating the site which had been left and most of the interior wall had collapsed. Well worth taking the tour rather than just wander through on your own.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This attraction inspired Bryce Coutney to write a historical novel after visiting the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. A small area however an insight is given by the lives that are recounted by your guide. A lot of the stories were fascinating but of course, harrowing. The area was quite cold so conditions were very unpleasant to work in. Definitely... More

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

There is nothing there other than a series of wide yards with lines of (modern day) bricks outlining the foundations of old buildings. The stories are good and heart-felt but the buildings are gone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Authentic and heart wrenching history lesson on the dreadful treatment of female convicts. This is a real eye opening experience about how the colony was established in Tasmania. Be prepared for an emotional and quite sad hour of story telling. The staff were amazing and professional! Definitely check this place out!

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