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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

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Address: 16 Degraves St | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
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+61 3 6233 6656
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09:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Australia's most significant site associated with female convicts sits in...

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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Her Story is a must!

In November we visited Tasmania with my 20 year old sister, my 12 year old brother, my parents and myself (15 years old). We visited the Female Factory and went to the ‘Her Story... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

In November we visited Tasmania with my 20 year old sister, my 12 year old brother, my parents and myself (15 years old). We visited the Female Factory and went to the ‘Her Story’ play. The play was really well written and showed us all firsthand the experience that female convicts went through. I would definitely recommend visiting the Female... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

I paid for the "Her Story" live reenactment of life as a Female Convict at midday and at the beginning I was rudely scolded by the Tour Guide (Not the actress) for videoing her at the start, She could have been more polite in asking me not to film as I wasn't to know. I wouldn't bother going to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

A compelling and 'must see' if you're visiting Tasmania. Confronting, haunting and such a sad period in Australia's history. I can't believe I'd never heard of this place until listening to an interview on 612ABC radio a couple of months ago. It needs more recognition and publicity to attract visitors to learn about the dark history of Australia and the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

A very interesting site, and although little remains of the internal walls of the buildings, innovative markers and pictures allow you to understand the structure. We enjoyed our guided tour and thought the guide was very knowledgeable. However "Her Story" really brought the Female Factory to life, it was very realistic and well presented. Hard to believe that this was... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Sometimes, and it grieves me to say it, an historic site has been lost. This large site was not saved in time, and the connection, that intangible thread that draws us into a time long gone, is not strong enough to make the site interesting. I feel that's the situation here. Unless some serious archeology is found, I fear it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Fantastic did the tour then the live reenactment we loved it spend about 3 hours our guide John was very informative Not over commercialised or a theme park a true piece of history don't miss it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

This is the main female convict prison in Tasmania. It was one of five and by far the largest. Its a semi ruin site these days but staffed with excellent tour guides and an acted sequence about the life of a real female convict who passed thru here in the 1800's. Cost for site admission, a tour, and the 1... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Having visited port Arthur, The Coal Mines, The Woolmer Estate, we decided to visit one more of the Convict Stations. Only 3 of the original 5 yards remain, that were used to house female convicts and their children. In this small space was a nursery, school for children, hospital, work area and sleeping quarters for the female convicts. There is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Fantastic place to get a real feel of how harsh the colonial days of Australia really were particularly for women. I really recommend doing the tour here as it gives you a real in depth view of the place that you won't get otherwise

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

This is a must see after Port Arthur. This historical site has been superbly designed despite the lack of actual buildings. The guided tour is a must, do not do it on your own. So glad we went there.

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