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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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  • 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 »
  • Like the female factory in Hobart, there is not much left of the original buildings. A lot of the stonework was used to restore other buildings. However, one building remains and it contains stories o...  more »
  • We walked past the Wool Centre, excellent, the quirky gift shop with wombat poo etc ., eclectic, and found some steep steps to where ? decided against it & went off in search of a scallop pie, much mo...  more »
  • They did it tough compared to today'