Ross Female Factory, Ross

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#27 of 40 in Historic Sites in Tasmania
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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  • May 19, 2017
    Very worthwhile visit. I feel for these women and children imprisoned there so long ago. Thankful for how far we've come as a society.  more »
  • May 17, 2017
    Not a great deal to see other than a fairly bare old stone building and a paddock complete with sheep and with several signs explaining the history of the site and where other buildings used to exist....  more »
  • May 11, 2017
    Had a fantastic lady who gave us the most wonderful story of hisstory of what actually happened at the Ross Female Factory. Had no idea of what these women endured in our early history of convicts. A ...  more »

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