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“If you only do one thing to do with Tasmania's convict past, make it this one.”

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
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Hobart Half-Day Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour
Ranked #8 of 136 things to do in Hobart
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
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Hobart, Australia
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“If you only do one thing to do with Tasmania's convict past, make it this one.”
Reviewed March 31, 2012

"Her Story' was right up there with the very best historical site interpretation I have ever seen. The highly professional presentation of one convict woman's life brought the whole structure, of which little remains, to a potent imagined reality. My friends, in their early 20s, were captivated, and could not help but use the long-vanished doorways as indicated in the performance rather than cross plain grass as we followed along. We were there in bright summer sun, but the performance in the shadow of the walls, with looming Mt Wellington behind, conjured the dark reality of the inhumanity of the system expressed in many ways and not least in the environment of high stone boundaries and unrelieved cold and damp. Yet there were still glimpses of resistance and agency and hope - it was excellent.

Visited February 2012
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“Make sure you see 'Her Story'”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

OK I will admit that this was on my list of 'Must Visit' sites in Hobart and from a genealogy point of view I was greatly impressed by the willingness of the staff to help and explain the significance of the site.

If at all possible time your visit to coincide with the performance of 'Her Story' as this helps understand the workings of the Female Factory.

Visited March 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Fascinating Tour - a must see in Tassie!”
Reviewed March 26, 2012

We had a wonderful guide (Cassie) who was very knowledgeable, informative & enthusiastic. In terms of the actual site, there is not much remaining of the Female Factory so if you were to look at the site without a guide (which you can partially do) you would probably leave feeling a bit let down. However, the tour really brings the history to life. Not only did we learn about the site but also got background information relating to convict transportation, other convict sites & life back in Britain at the time as well as giving us an insite into the mindset of European people in the 18th & 19th centuries.
Well worth a visit!

Visited March 2012
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“Very interesting history”
Reviewed March 24, 2012

I visited this site last week and it was quite fascinating. It is being slowly restored somewhat, now that it is owned by the Port Arthur site.
When we arrived, there was no specific tour as such, but for a minor fee of $5 per person, the two of us actually had a personal tour of the site with one of the ladies. Highly recommend you take a tour like this rather than walk around by yourself, as you need to hear the history in context of what you are seeing to truly understand the history of the site.
So glad this site has been opened to the public, definitely worth a visit.

Visited March 2012
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“Come and see the female perspective on convict history - it's fascinating!”
Reviewed March 13, 2012

We recently visited the Cascade Female Factory with friends who were visiting from Melbourne. We thought we should see the “female version” of convict history before visiting Port Arthur for the male perspective. Whilst the Female factory lacks the huge buildings you can visit at the Port Arthur site it makes up for that with a wonderful telling of the story of the life of female prisoners.

This presentation, called Herstory, tells the way female convicts were treated and what they endured in this terrible place. The two actors really presented the history in a convincing and believable way. It was so well done you would remember it forever.

We noticed there were guided heritage tours at 9.30am and 2pm but unfortunately time wouldn’t permit us to take either of them, though a site guide at the end of Herstory was available to answer our questions. It’s certainly a good place to visit especially if you thought convicts were only men and boys.

Visited March 2012
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