Ross Female Factory, Ross

3.2
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.
Arrange to visit Ross Female Factory and other attractions in Ross using our Ross day trip planning website .
Source
map
Create an itinerary including Ross Female Factory
Places to stay near Ross Female Factory
Ross Female Factory Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
117 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We walked through the remains of this convict facility. Women were sent there for many reasons but the one I thought the most awful was for getting pregnant ( nothing happened to the male involved in ...  more »
  • We had a wonderful walk around the female factory, there are a few stones here & there and posts with information on them in a paddock but that's all that is left of the convict's area but standing is...  more »
  • I knew little about the female convicts, this exhibition provides good introductory information. There are virtually no buildings, all is provided by written information.  more »

Plan your trip to Ross

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Ross Female Factory by other users

60 days in Tasmania BY A USER FROM CANADA September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Coles Bay BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Launceston BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Launceston BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in Tasmania & Australian Capital Territory BY A USER FROM INDIA May, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in Tasmania BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Devonport & Launceston BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Launceston BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 22 days in Launceston BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Launceston BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Launceston BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans