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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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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is not a museum or a theme park (or even a factory!), it is simply a site. I gather that very little still exists from when it was a women's prison, only the walls really, and I read that it has only been acquired as an historic "attraction" as recently as 2008. A large part of the history remains... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We visited this sad site as part of Louisa's Walk. Having a drama performance and guide made it even more real and interesting. Very little of the original site is still standing but with a guide and story it all comes alive. Very interesting and informative!

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Newcastle, NSW
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I decided to join the regular tours that the site operates and it was well worth it. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and passionate about it. Given that most of the internal structure of the prison was demolished, they have done a good job to show where walls would have been and how life would have been in this prison.... More

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Fingal, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I visited with a tour of locals from my home town in a bus group, on a cold day. It was totally freezing at the site, in the shadow of Mt Wellington and in a bowl in the surrounding hills, where the chilly air pooled. There were no standing buildings to view, but the standard of the guide's commentary was... More

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Tamworth, Australia
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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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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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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
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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39 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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