Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, Hobart

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Formerly a workhouse for female convicts in the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land, Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is now a museum listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Operational between 1828 and 1856, the factory was an important part of the forced migration of convicts and global developments associated with punishment and reform. The site demonstrates how Britain used penal transportation to expand its sphere of influence, as well as to punish female convicts. Guided tours include short dramatic performances presenting the story of the convicts and their guardians. To visit Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and other attractions in Hobart, use our Hobart holiday planner.
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  • I highly recommend the tour 'Her story'! The actors bring the gruesome story of Mary and her fellow inmates to live. It is a story that is not recognized enough! Don't miss it!  more »
  • Historic site close to the centre of Hobart. Little remains of the original buildings but the story behind the Factory is alive and well. Would recommend doing the tour (as walking yourself around the...  more »
  • The performance depicts life for women who were transported in the early 1800s to this god forsaken place.  more »
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  • The tour was really interesting and reasonably priced. If you go here expecting the historical scenery of Port Arthur you will be disappointed- there is not much left at the site. The tour is a must to really absorb the very interesting history of the place. The tour was accessible with a pram, with only 2 stairs.
  • Re-living the past! Big change from my last visit! There now are two actors whose job it is to 'make you cry'... and that you just cannot help as the two actors drag you into the past. Dressed in period costumes they gently and unpersuasively involve you into the Female Factory history that van Diemens land, hence renamed Tasmania, likes us to forget. Though the price of the performance was a little steep at face value, it was well worth the experience.
  • Wonderful trip back into the past for the whole family. Well thought out & fairly priced.
  • An excellent historic site in Hobart and worth the visit to hear the history during the tour. Wandering the site after the tour and exploring the exhibits gives a sense of the hardships that the female convicts faced.
  • watching and being a part of the drama of the theatrical play at the site really enhanced our understanding of the prison what happened there and a little of how it felt. even as a visitor, it brought it to life so much that we felt scared and intimidated by the prison guard - amazing since we could get out at any time. relly good production. i highly recommend it.