Education Activities

Each of the onsite activities listed below are available for schools to book as part of their site visit. Please read the descriptions carefully to select an activity to suit your group’s needs. For further advice on these activities, contact the Education Officer.

 A Day’s Work at the Female Factory

Suitable for lower primary school groups (60 minutes)

Is a woman’s work really never done?

Students investigate the tasks of washing and spinning, as undertaken by the women at the Cascades Female Factory, through demonstrations and role play. Students will have the opportunity to handle and examine historic equipment and compare and contrast practices of the 19th century with modern 21st century practices.

See the Classroom Resources page for a lesson plan and associated resources for this activity, designed for the Year Two Australian Curriculum.

Wringing out sheets

Wringing out sheets

Washing day at the Cascades Female Factory

Washing day at the Cascades Female Factory

 What’s My Story?

Suitable for upper primary and secondary school groups (60 minutes)

Decipher a convict record and discover the person behind the number

Students study copies of the original handwritten conduct records of individual convicts who were transported to Van Diemen’s Land and who spent time at the Cascades Female Factory. Working like detectives, examining the evidence of the records and artefacts linked to the convicts, students make predictions and draw conclusions about a convict’s life, their character and trade.

See the Classroom Resources page for lesson plans and associated resources for this activity, designed for the Australian Curriculum for Year Five and Year Nine.

 Investigation to Interpretation

Suitable for secondary school groups (50 minutes)

Discover the work that happens ‘behind the scenes’

In this activity students explore the work of heritage professionals and discover how this work contributes to our knowledge and understanding of history. Through hands-on activities involving archaeology, artefacts and documents, students will learn what the Cascades Female Factory can tell us about how people lived in the past.

See the Classroom Resources page for a lesson plan and associated resources for this activity, designed for the Year Seven Australian Curriculum.

Pricing for Education Groups

Entry to the site, including one tour OR activity: $5 (one accompanying adult per ten students enters for free; additional adults are charged the student rate)

Additional activity on day of visit: $3