Mother’s Day Open Day

The Cascade Female Factory Historic Site will host an Open Day on Sunday 8 May, 2016. With a variety of activities programmed to provide education and insight into our Tasmanian convict women forbears, it is no coincidence that this celebration falls on Mother’s Day.  Entry to the site will be free for the duration of the day.

The Matron’s Cottage will be open to all containing a number of displays and possibly even an appearance by the Matron herself.  Dr Christina Henri will be available to discuss her long-term project “Roses from the Heart” which commemorates the female convicts transported to Australia, with a number of bonnets on display.

The Matrons Quarters

Join us at 10:30am for a short vignette of the extremely popular theatrical performance of “Her Story”, which tells the story of the life of a convict woman who was incarcerated at the Cascades Female Factory.

A number of interest groups will be present including:

  • Female Convict Research Centre, a volunteer organization whose purpose is to encourage research into the lives and experiences of convict women and their children in Van Diemen’s Land.
  • The Derwent Chapter of the Fellowship of First Fleeters will be on hand to provide information on the ships of the First Fleet and all of those, convict, free and military settlers alike who sailed on them.
  • The Friends of the Orphan Schools will be available to highlight the importance of this significant heritage site and to ensure its preservation and conservation.

Laundry installation at Female Factory

There will also be demonstrations on the day from the Hand weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild of Tasmania and the children won’t be left out with a scavenger hunt and craft activities to keep them entertained.

The site will be open from 9.30am to 4pm with Heritage tours running at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm at the normal cost of $15.00

For more information please visit or phone 1800 139 478.”