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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  • Nothing remains of the site except for the commander house which gives you little information on what went on here  more »
  • Much more than just the site of the Female Factory. At the actual site of the Female Factory, only the residence of the Overseer still remain. There is nothing of the buildings that housed the convict...  more »
  • Feel for the poor wretches that had to endure living in the conditions of the day 1840-50’s. Would have been good to have the lights turned on! Unmanned tourism venue. Let yourself in & have a good re...  more »
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