Nov
16
2012

Cascade Female Factory Historic Site

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Much is shared about one of Tasmania's biggest attractions, the Port Arthur Historic site, but what about the other piece of the island's history at the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site?

The World Heritage-listed historic site is located a short way – about a ten minute drive – from the Hobart CBD and is Australia's most significant spot associated with female convicts.

The Cascades Female Factory Historic Site was ranked eighth out of 53 Hobart attractions on TripAdvisor, with a large majority of reviewers ranking the site as 'excellent'.

More than 5,000 female convicts were known to have spent time at the Cascades Female Factory from 1828 to 1856, with the institution intended to reform convicts.

Up to a thousand people were said to live at the factory at any one time, including children, nurses and guards.

The factory was established on the site of a failed rum distillery, eventually expanding to five conjoined yards.

Three of the original five yards make up the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, with a number of tour options available to explore the different experiences of the site.

You can get a 'dramatic interpretation' of life at the Cascades Female Factory with the tour 'Her Story'. This runs from 11:00 every day with adults $20, children $12.50 and families $60.

John P of Adelaide visited the site in October and in his review on TripAdvisor, he said that the performance of 'Her Story' was "one of the best things we did during our week in Hobart".

"I strongly recommend 'Her Story' (45 minutes) and the short mini-tour afterwards of the superintendent's cottage. Without these we would not have properly understood the significance of the site and would probably have left disappointed," he added.

The memorial to convict women and the site's viewing platform

Museum Pass - worth exploring for entrance to all Properties in the Historic Collection

Interior yards of the Cascades Female Factory - Photo credit - Think-Tasmania.com

Fountain and Mill Stones at the Site Photo Credit - Adrienne Bartl (Flickr)

The Casades Female Factory pictured in 1892 Photo Credit - University of Tasmania Collection

Cascades Wall and Entrance - Photo credit:  Dragi Markovic and DEWHA

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