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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Cascades Female Factory Entrance
Cascades Female Factory aerial
The Convict Women's Tour
Metal cells within the Female Factory Yard 3
Cascades Female Factory below Mount Wellington
Entry walkway
Audio Tour

Beneath the shadow of Mount Wellington, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory is the best place to connect with some of the lesser-known stories of Australia’s female convicts. It is located in South Hobart, only a short distance from the Hobart waterfront.

The Cascades Female Factory was a self-contained, purpose-built institution intended to reform female convicts, where the inmates did laundry and needlework services, offsetting some of the Colony’s penal costs. Thousands of women and children were imprisoned here, and many never left.

The Convict Women’s Tour is a comprehensive guided tour of the Site. It lasts approximately 45 minutes. The first tour starts at 10 am.

The NEW Notorious Strumpets & Dangerous Girls is an emotional journey through the stories of seven remarkable convict women who faced life’s hardships with resilience. Allow approximately 60 minutes. Every Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday at 1 pm.




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