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Ross Female Factory, Ross

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The Ross Female Factory, a former Australian workhouse for female convicts in the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land, is located in the village of Ross, in the midlands region of Tasmania. Operational between 1848 and 1854, the factory is now one of the 11 sites that collectively comprise the Australian Convict Sites, listed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO.Collectively the Australian Convict Sites represent an exceptional example of the forced migration of convicts and an extraordinary example of global developments associated with punishment and reform. Representing the female experience, the Ross Female Factory demonstrates how penal transportation was used to expand Britain's spheres of influence, as well as to punish and reform female convicts.HistoryThe Ross Female Factory opened in March 1848 and closed in November 1854. Transportation to Van Diemen's Land had ceased in 1853. The site served as a factory as well as a hiring depot, an overnight station for female convicts travelling between settlements, a lying-in hospital and a nursery.
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  • The old Female Factory is in excellent condition, and it is very evocative of the convict era. A part of Australia's history and well worth a visit.  more »
  • Although only one building remains standing, other building sites are well sign-posted and described. Murals and photos in the existing building give a vivid insight into what life was like for the wo...  more »
  • Worth a visit if you are in Ross Only a short walk and its free But watch out for the snakes .We went on a 30 degree plus day so warning signs were out Didnt see any!  more »