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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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  • This is quite a simple and considered site where you can learn about some of the less pleasant aspects of Australia's history through the information panels that are set out about the place. There is ...  more »
  • Tasmania was once a British penal colony, so many prisoners monuments, such as the old prison remains. This women's prison, women prisoners as a prison seems held light work such as sewing. Just one small building now remain. The remaining buildings demolished, was peaceful grazing sheep.
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  • The female factory must have dominated life at Ross at the height of Tasmania's convict era. there is little to see but the houses around and the information boards make up for this and are worth the ...  more »
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