Cascades Female Factory is Australia’s most significant historic sites associated with female convicts. It is located in the shadow of kunanyi/Mount Wellington, a short distance from Hobart’s city centre.
The Cascades Female Factory was a self-contained, purpose-built institution intended to reform female convicts. Inmates provided laundry and needlework services, offsetting some of the Colony’s penal costs.
Thousands of women and children were imprisoned at the site and many never left.
Visiting the 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.
Cascades Female Factory is open daily except Christmas Day from 9.30am – 4.00pm.
Heritage Tour (45 minutes) – The Heritage Tour is offered several times each day and offers a guided introduction to the site and its stories. In this tour your guide will offer insights into the regimented system of punishment and reform that operated within these walls, and also poses the question whether these women were more sinned against than sinning?
Her Story (45 minutes) – 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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