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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
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Ranked #8 of 133 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Prahran, Australia
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“Worth a look”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Having been to Port Arthur the previous day and finding ourselves with a few hours to kill before our flight home, we went to the Cascade Female Factory.
Our expectations may have been a bit high after Port Arthur, so we booked in for both the "Her Story" dramatization and the historical tour. "Her Story" was interesting and performed with great gusto and energy, however there was a lot of overlap with the historical tour, so I wouldn't advise doing both. "Her Story" is just a more entertaining version of learning the same facts about the place. Where this place was a bit of a let down is that at various points over the years (with conservation not being a priority for most of it's life, I understand that it has served as everything from tennis courts to a paint factory), the place has been almost entirely destroyed. There are some original parts of the outer stone wall that surrounds the place (though much of this even is modern structure) and virtually none of the inner structures remain.
During both tours you stand in the middle of a vast grassy area and are told about what different buildings existed inside the outer wall, and asked to imagine the structures are there.
Over all, worth a stop if you have an hour to kill, but given what you're expecting to see doesn't actually exist, the prices are a bit steep. If you're wanting to see actual historical buildings and learn about some of Tasmania's convict and colonial history, it's well worth setting aside a day and heading out to Port Arthur.

Visited March 2013
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“Brings history to life”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

The re-enactment of life in the Female Factory was an excellent way to understand the history there. Just wish they had cleaned up the site of animal feces.

Visited March 2013
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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

The whole experience of the Femle factory was terrific. Our Guide, Tanya, was very knowledgable and brought to life the past. The site is undergoing renovation,but can only improve the experience.

Visited March 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Historically very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

Whilst the site is still going through restoration, the oral history told by the volunteers was highly informative. Its sad that this historic site does not attract more funding to rebuild the original buildings that were removed. If you are after a tour of an old building you will be disappointed. But if you are interested in history and want to support redevelopment of the site then you should visit.

Visited March 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“A little known part of Australia's convict history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Did a guided tour (just the regular one, not "Her Story") at the Cascades Female Factory (former prison for female convicts). Most of the structures were destroyed by fires or had been demolished due to poor condition but the knowledge and passion of the volunteer guide made it a very interesting tour.

You can wander around for free but there's not too much to see and not really any signage apart from in the cottage.

This place is being slowly and lovingly worked on by a team of dedicated volunteers and very little funding. Doing a great job. When we first got there we weren't sure it was worth it but our "45 minute tour" went for well over an hour and we were more than happy to have paid the $15 each which will help this work continue.

Visited March 2013
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