Cascades Female Factory is Australia’s most significant historic sites associated with female convicts. It is located in the shadow of Mount Wellington, a short distance from Hobart’s city centre. It was a self-contained, purpose-built institution intended to reform female convicts. Thousands of women and children were imprisoned at the site and many never left.
Visiting this World Heritage site can be both emotional and rewarding, creating a connection with the stories of female convicts in Australia and their children – stories that are often tragic, but that also inspire hope and resilience.
Joining a guided tour of Cascades Female Factory is highly recommended as it will help bring the story of this challenging but very special place to life for you. The Heritage Tour is offered several times each day and offers a guided introduction to the site and its stories.
Even more emotional is the dramatised walking tour Her Story. Part history lesson, part roaming theatre show, Her Story is a powerful depiction of the harsh life within Yard One of the Female Factory in 1833.
Cascades Female Factory is open daily except Christmas Day from 9.30am – 4.00pm.
Visiting the site today with access to interpretative displays across 3 of the original 5 yards, including the Matrons Quarters can be both emotional and rewarding, creating a connection with the stories of the female convicts in Australia and their children – stories that are often tragic, but that also inspire hope and resilience.
Site Entry + Heritage Tour
Taking one of our tours of the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is highly recommended, as it will help bring the story of this challenging yet very special place to life. The Heritage Tour offers insights into the regimented system of punishment and reform that operated from 1828.
Her Story is a dramatized performance that draws you into an emotional depiction of the harsh life within the Cascades Female Factory in 1833. Performed daily by two actors, the story unfolds about the women who were incarcerated as punishment to be reformed or while awaiting assignment as servants to free settlers.
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