Ross Female Factory, Ross
Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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.Take a look at our Ross itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Ross Female Factory and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Interesting but sad to read how badly our ancestors treated people. Several buildings to look into with lots of information. Grounds a bit wet underfoot to look more closely at the information in the ... read more »
Definitely worth a visit when touring Ross, a very well preserved historic building full of interesting information
There is very little left of the Female Factory buildings but there are lots of interpretive signs inside the building and in the fields where the main buildings use to be. 12,500 female convicts were... read more »
They did it tough compared to today'
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