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 site makes you aware of how tough it was to be a female convict in Tasmania. Great explanations of what life was like and interesting facts and profiles of the convicts can be read in the cottage...  more »
  • This place has some interesting history depicted on a number of signs across what was a field were female convicts had been buried.A sad reminder of times past in such a pleasant picturesque old town.  more »
  • Nothing left of the establishment even the RC Church which continued in use years aafter teh factory has totally disappeared.  more »

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