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The Cascades Female Factory


About The Cascades Female Factory

The Cascades Female Factory is Australia's most significant site associated with female convicts. Located in the shadow of Mt Wellington, and only a short distance from Hobart city, the Cascades Female Factory was a self-contained, purpose-built institution intended to reform female convicts, where the inmates did laundry and needlework services, offsetting some of the Colony's penal costs. The Cascades Female Factory is now on the World Heritage list as one of 11 historic places that form The Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property. Thousands of women and children were imprisoned here, and many never left. In late July 2010, it was announced that 11 Australian convict sites, five of which are Tasmanian, were to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The sites include Port Arthur and the Coal Mines Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula; the Cascades Female Factory in South Hobart; Darlington Probation Station on Maria Island; and Woolmers and Brickendon Estates near Longford. The sites offer some of the best-kept records of convict history anywhere in the world. Visitors to Tasmania, especially those from the UK (many of whom have close links to the convict history), will be able to follow the convict trail and trace their ancestors back in time.

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Contact Details

16 Degraves Street
South Hobart

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Website: http://www.femalefactory.com.au/