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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  • August 14, 2017
    Came here on the spur of the moment. Would recommend the guided tour as it brings the factory to life and our guide was excellent. The history surrounding this place is barbaric by our standards today...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    A wonderful guided tour by a very knowledgeable guide. Made me appreciate my easy life. You can visit for free, but it's worth paying for the guided tour to get a real taste of what it was like for th...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Take the guided tour! We were lucky to have a wonderfully knowledgable woman named Catherine. Such helpful and friendly staff both in the main reception and in the grounds. It's well worth the small f...  more »
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  • August 27, 2017
    We did the historic tour. Well worth the $15 dollars as it helps build a better understanding of what is actually left of the factory. The guide was friendly, well informed and knew how to build a good story. Great history lesson.
  • August 27, 2017
    Nice... A part of Tasmanian convict heritage. The site itself is a little dull as most of the buildings are demolished. The guided tour is good for kids.
  • July 28, 2017
    Was a real eye opener! The play acting tour was &has been a massave highlight into Australian History for me .. Taking our Teenagers aross the waters to learn some incredible moving history.. totally recommend a visit here
  • May 18, 2017
    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.
  • August 6, 2017
    Fun to check out if you are in the neighborhood and a history buff. Staff are very friendly and I even made a friend in a couple hours we spent there.

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