Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory is Australia's most significant historic site associated with female convicts. At this site you can come to know the largely unknown history of over 6,000 women and girls that were transported to Van Diemen's Land and the some 2,000 babies that were born within the factory walls. Their stories are equally harrowing and inspiring. Interwoven with them are the First Nation’s stories of Palawa, a culture over 40,000 years old and which was so gravely impacted by British colonisation. Site entry includes a self-guided audio experience and access to the grounds and gallery. Additional tours run throughout the day include the Convict Women's History Tour and the acclaimed dramatised performance 'The Proud and the Punished.'
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • gpjrm
    Hervey Bay, Australia39 contributions
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    Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
    We spent a couple hours visiting the Cascade's Female Factory. The guided 45 minute tour provided amazing facts of the lives of female convicts who lived here. The One Woman Show was amazing and brought all these facts to life, as a talented lady sang and acted out many characters who lived at the female factory. While many of the facts are tragic of what happened to the female convicts here, the tours provide informative details about the convicts and their lives. Highly recommended.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • CWilliamsChester_UK
    Sydney, Australia20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    Firstly- staff were great (thank you!). Secondly- download the app (for audio guide) and take along your imagination. This is a historic site, so it's not intact anymore. If you use the audio guide, you'll get a fantastic experience. The place is well laid out and has just the right amount of information. So glad we paid a visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Chris R
    Queensland, Australia189 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History worth visiting
    We arrived at opening time and decided to do the guided tour with Miranda. She had so much passion and understanding of the history of the factory it certainly made our visit more memorable and gave us a greater understanding of what went on during the time the jail was operational. The stories and history of this place is heartbreaking. I’m glad we did the guided tour rather then the self guided tour
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Howard A
    Auckland, New Zealand404 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The history of the abuse of women prisoners
    The history of how women were treated, criminalised and abused is horrific. The incompetence of how it was done in Hobart is horrendous. It is also something everyone should know. We paid for a guided tour, it was well worth the extra. Our guide was knowledgeable, passionate and interesting. He was able to bring the tragic events to life. If you can get through a tour of Cascades without shedding a tear you are cold indeed. I just wanted to fight the patriarchal system that allowed it to happen.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
  • Bridget M
    Wellington, New Zealand37 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit - an important part of the Tasmanian story
    This is a 4* location with a 5* experience. There is not a lot physically left of the factory which is a bit disappointing but the work that has been down to create an experience that tells the story is amazing. I listened to the audio guide all the way through … twice! The whole site highlights the lesser known history of women (including some acknowledgement of indigenous women) and is a real feminist celebration. Awesome staff and a pretty cool gift shop
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 December 2023
  • Mark H
    Kariong, Australia176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredibly moving experience.
    I do not know what to say. We did a 1 hour guided tour - Mark was our guide and we had a group of around 20 people. The tour and his commentary was exceedingly moving. How they have marked on the ground with pavers and gravel the rooms etc. is haunting. Incredibly moving is the wall with the names of mothers who gave birth, names and ages of the children many of whom died very young. I can't say more than this was incredibly moving and well worth it.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 January 2024
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lizr399
Canberra, Australia6 contributions
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Definitely a must on your visit to Hobart, we (4 ladies ) learnt so much from this museum and we're impacted by what we learnt about the stories of some of the women that went through this facility 200 years ago. Also highly recommend the tours, the guides were so knowledge and shared the stories of this facility in an incredibly knowledgeable and compassionate way, thanks.
Written 7 July 2024
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GandTonArrival
Asia37 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Family
After visiting Port Arthur and learning so much about how male convicts were treated, we were keen to hear the stories of Tasmania’s women convicts and their lives. We were very disappointed. A totally missed opportunity to tell the story of convict women and their children. A small museum exhibition, almost no signage and short audio explainers, little context and a confused narrative that tries to link aboriginal displacement, convict experience and modern women with little success. A very disappointing experience, and a museum that does not do justice to the women and children who lived and in case of many of the children, died here.
Written 30 June 2024
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Sean B
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The tour was absolutely great! So eye opening and our tour guide Marcel was amazing! She really went into detail about the site and what it was like!
Written 7 June 2024
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Helen T
Hobart, Australia159 contributions
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May 2024 • Friends
On a stunningly beautiful autumn day in Hobart I visited an extraordinary historic precinct that, in the past, I had walked by not wanting to be pulled down emotionally by the memories of appalling circumstances inside. I knew this site had been the unwanted residence of thousands of female convicts that the British government had despatched from the United Kingdom in the early 19th century. Typically these women were given 7 year or life sentences in the fledgling Van Diemens Land (later renamed Tasmania and now often referred to by its first nation’s people’s name of lutruwita) for crimes such as the theft of a handkerchief or a loaf of bread. They endured 6 months at sea on poxy ships before being offloaded like cattle on the wharves of Hobart Town and sent to one of, what were then known as, the female prisons, later referred to as Female Factories.
The Hobart based Female Factory is a place of global significance and listed as one of the 11 sites that together form the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property - as such it attracts a strong visitor attendance. The guided tour illuminated facts and practices - the guide was exceptional. Her information content and method of delivery were impressive - and entertaining.
It has taken me years to get there but it was worth every minute.
Written 15 May 2024
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Soraia
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,311 contributions
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Worth a visit with guided tour. This place knows a terrible history that is very sad and interesting to hear. We were glad we had a guide explaining everything. What a cruel period. We liked this place much more than Port Arthur. If you like to know more about the women of Tassie, make sure to pay this museum a visit. Try to place yourself on their shoes…
Written 22 April 2024
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tainahall
Sydney, Australia27 contributions
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Did this on Saturday and can totally recommend this tour. Very informative and the experience was incredibly moving. The lady leading the 1 pm tour was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history and lives of these women.

We walked up the Hobart rivulet, which was also a lovely experience as the autumn leaves were falling around us I was privileged to spot a platypus in the creek.
Written 21 April 2024
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Alexis
135 contributions
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“Notorious Strumpets and Dangerous Girls” was the name of the guided tour we chose to do for this visit. Marcelle was our guide, and she did a brilliant job of bringing to memory of the ladies she spoke about to life. She obviously cares about the women who were detained in this place, and is keen to share the stories of their trauma, and life after their time in the factory.

Although there is not much physically to see from the original prison (because that’s what it was), the historical site have done a great job to recreate and depict the layout of how it was when in use.

It was so nearly wiped away completely- but thanks to someone who felt it needed to be shared, the site was saved and what is left has been able to start to share the stories of these women and girls.
Written 14 April 2024
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John F
Wembley, Australia462 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is not a comfortabe experience. The stories are very confronting. But its a history we should know about. There is little of the actual factory still there. Mostly its lines on the ground. I had one of their hand held audio guides. Unless i held my finger on the screen it kept zeroing back to the start - frustrating.
This was how our forebears treated womena dnchildren.
Written 6 April 2024
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nancyolah
Fort Mill, South Carolina640 contributions
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The Cascade Female Factory is very different than the Port Arthur Historic Site, but is essential to an understanding of the convict experience.

Much of the structure had been torn down until a group of concerned women in the 1970’s petitioned the government to create a historic site. We were fortunate to have one of those women (Marcelle) as our guide on the morning we visited. Marcelle gave an extremely interesting tour, rich with colorful details, that gave us an insight into what these women’s lives were like once they had received a sentence of “transportation” for often small, petty crimes. It was a viscous cycle where random acts could change the course of your life forever.

Taking a tour is essential to understanding and appreciating the significance of of this historic site. While the museum does an excellent job and is well curated, we are so glad we took a tour. Pony up the extra $10 AUS and take a tour if you visit.
Written 30 March 2024
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Jennie H
Blenheim, New Zealand10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was an interesting and well publicised tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and a good communicator. The history is well laid out for tourists.
Written 16 March 2024
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