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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, Hobart

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Formerly a workhouse for female convicts in the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land, Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is now a museum listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Operational between 1828 and 1856, the factory was an important part of the forced migration of convicts and global developments associated with punishment and reform. The site demonstrates how Britain used penal transportation to expand its sphere of influence, as well as to punish female convicts. Guided tours include short dramatic performances presenting the story of the convicts and their guardians. With our international travel planner, Hobart attractions like Cascades Female Factory Historic Site can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Went on site tour with Molly who was passionate and informative. Unfortunately did not see the one woman show but Molly brought stuff to life for us. Thoroughly recommend . (We walked there from the.....  more
    Went on site tour with Molly who was passionate and informative. Unfortunately did not see the one woman show but Molly brought stuff to life for us. Thoroughly recommend . (We walked there from the.....  more »
  • Visiting the Female Factory in Hobart was really worthwhile. We saw the one woman play and attended the tour which really helps to give the context to the story of this terrible place. The actor and.....  more
    Visiting the Female Factory in Hobart was really worthwhile. We saw the one woman play and attended the tour which really helps to give the context to the story of this terrible place. The actor and.....  more »
  • Came here 4 years ago and did the tour, loved it so much that I brought my family along. What a mistake! HUGE disappointment. All the original artifacts were gone, convict stories completely watered....  more
    Came here 4 years ago and did the tour, loved it so much that I brought my family along. What a mistake! HUGE disappointment. All the original artifacts were gone, convict stories completely watered....  more »
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  • Really loved it, the tour was fantastic as was our guide. The stories are quite sad, but I think everyone should go there at least once. My husband and I cannot recommend it anymore highly. If you are in Hobart please visit you will not be disappointed.
  • This is a must see experience. We loved every second being there. The stories and history left us speechless. Highly recommend everyone to do the Convicts Women's Tour and The Proud and the Punished performance. Doing both of these gives you so much information and the performance is just phenomenal you feel what it would have been like to be one of these women so emotional. Thank you for one of our most experiences I think we have ever had.
  • We saw this in a Tassie tourist brochure and decided to stop here on route to the brewery. Honestly, we didn't know what to expect and we didn't know much about the place. It was truly fascinating to walk through and see how female convicts were managed in days long ago. We spent about 1.5 hours here. Highly recommend this to anyone visiting Hobart.
  • I visited here with my 5 year old and although this is an excellent example of its type which is immaculately kept, there wasn't much to keep her entertained for much more than 45 minutes. It might be a better trip to do without kids.
  • Went there Nov.12th for a tour and I didn't regret it! This place is full of rich history, amazing stories, and is actually one of the listed World Heritage sites in Tasmania. Highly recommend!

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