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Ross Female Factory, Ross
(3.2/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
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 only one building standing is interesting to view, but 30 minutes in enough. Nothing left from the original site; ground are just dirt and fiend with markers. 
  • Needs more in the house like real items from the past that you would have found in the factory not just a building. Not worth the time and let's the town of Ross down. 
  • Like the title this is supposed to be one of the two female factory historic sites. It's currently a work in progress with some information. Spent about 20 minutes here reading the panels, and it's a ...  more »
  • They did it tough compared to today'