Cascades Female Factory Historic Site South Hobart
Where is it at?
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
16 Degraves Street
Tel: 03 6233 6656
Where are we going today?
There are so many important historic sites across the country that relate to the convict history of Australia, and many of these kids will learn about in school. But one in particular is significant for females - the World-Heritage listed Cascades Female Factory Historic Site.
This historic site was built specifically for reforming, and imprisoning, female convicts. You don't hear much about them do you? But it wasn't just men!
Did you know that thousands of women and children (yes - children!) were imprisoned at Cascades Female Factory, and sadly many never left.
Today, the whole family can visit this important place, and learn all about the faces, the stories and the history that lived within the walls.
It was WAY back between 1788 and 1853 that around 25,000 women were transported to Australia for crimes they committed in Great Britain. About half of these went to one of five female factories.
Cascades Female Factory was in use between 1828 and 1856 - so there is a lot of history to learn!
When you arrive, you are very welcome to just pick up a printed visitor guide and make your own way around the site, but taking one of their tours is the best way to see the site. The Heritage Tour is offered several times a day, each with a guide to really give you all the stories you need, and to answer any questions.
They also offer a show (part history lesson, part theatre show) called Her Story, which really tells of the life of an inmate. These are performed daily at 12pm, and last around 45 minutes.
So spend the day immersed in a fascinating history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site - there is no better way for kids to learn about it than actually experience it for themselves!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$5 site entry. $15 tour / $20 Her Story
- Children$5 site entry. $10 tour / $12.50 Her Story
When can we go?
9:30am - 4pm daily. 5:30pm close in summer
All year round. Closed Christmas Day
They offer guided tours, dramatic performances and hands-on activities as part of their educational programs. What a great day for students!.
Any Top Tips?
The tours operate 7 days a week, at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm in all weathers. They last around 45 minutes. .
Doing our bit
They have established the Port Arthur Conservation Fund so they can continually manage the historic sites.
Need a little extra help?
Speak to the staff when you arrive and they can advise on the best places for you in terms of accessibility .
There is plenty of parking on Degraves and Syme Streets.