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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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A moving historical encounter

'Her story' was an informative and emotional presentation that gave us many insights into those times of hardship. Although we didn't pay the extra to explore the whole site, we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2014
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Greta heritage & historical site with guided tours & a live show available.Well worth the extra money!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Was an eye opener to see, hear of what it was like for the women in the early settlers years. Well done

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

'Her story' was an informative and emotional presentation that gave us many insights into those times of hardship. Although we didn't pay the extra to explore the whole site, we both agreed that what we had seen was well worth attending.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I can not even imagine what life was really like for the women imprisoned here. There were emotional aspects to the visit as you learn what women endured and for some, there was little reason for their imprisonment. I rated it a "very good" BUT you should truly be interested in history and have a bit of an imagination otherwise... More 

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I paid for the 45 minute Heritage Tour and while the guide was very knowledgeable (and recounted the stories of two of her ancestors who spent time in the Factory), the tour didn't add too much to what the brochures and exhibits said. Also, sadly, nearly all of the original buildings have been destroyed and now you can only see... More 

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Port Arthur was on my bucket list however my friend also want to see this site so we did and neither of us were disappointed. We are standing in a court yard surrounded by a high brick wall listening to the horrific conditions these women suffered while working here. If you love history and fascinated by how Australia was formed... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Interesting history to the site. Has recently undergone some new developments to show the old site a lot better - the old house is currently under restoration. The guide was knowledgeable but it was sad that a lot of the original buildings had gone, and we often were just looking at an empty gravel field.

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We recently visited the Cascade Female Factory. We joined in on one of the Heritage tours of the site. We enjoyed learning more about a Convicts life in Hobart and the hardships that the Female Convicts had to endure there. We had a friendly, knowledgeable guide and found the tour very informative.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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