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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
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Ranked #8 of 140 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
Reviewed October 21, 2013

Beautiful buildings with so much history. Even on this freezing, wet day the performance went on and added to the emotion. No better way to get a feeling of what these poor girls went through - the size of the cells they lived in and the physical and emotional abuse they endured. Truly moving experience, would recommend this tour to everyone.
Staff very friendly and good gift shop - 'convict gingerbread' biscuits were a great buy for kids souvenirs.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We have just finished the "Her Story" tour at the Female Factory in Hobart. The story of one prisoner is told by actors in the prison grounds. So well done and moving. Definitely worth the visit. There is only one performance a day at 11 o'clock. Don't miss it.

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is a very interesting place if you have had female convicts in your history. There are books of names of female convicts that you can find your ancestor in with some information about them. The site is being reconstructed very interestingly and you can wander around at your own pace or go on a tour. It's very poignant and thought provoking. We spent about 40 minutes there and saw all that we needed to. It cost $5 each for a self guided tour.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Yet more work has been done with this fantastic World Heritage site to preserve and to educate the public in how it was in those sad and dark times. The names of all the women who entered the Factory, cut into the steel panels and the words from the convict descriptions was thought provoking. The site itself, a memorial to all those who were there, and those who died there (particularly the babies and children, who have not been memorialised) instills a sense of sadness.

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Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

We went in the afternoon, strolled around the brewery gardens and did a guided tour at 3pm with Greta. Found this to be informative, comprehensive and delivered with enthusiasm. Eerie seeing the size of the cells and thinking about the horrific conditions women were subjected to. If you do go, take a tour - either guided, as part of the "Her Story" (daily 11am), or "Louisa's Walk" (daily 2pm) as you'd not get as much access or knowledge out of the trip otherwise. We bought souvenirs up at the Cascade Visitor Centre, but the $12 "Footsteps and Voices" booklet is also a great get from the Factory shop.
If you're interested in our convict past well worth it. We parked around the back, as there was no dedicated carpark for the Factory.

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