The World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory tells the story of the displacement, mistreatment and forced migration of convict women and girls, and their contribution to colonisation throughout the history of colonial Australia to the present day.
Acknowledgement of Country
We would like to acknowledge that the Cascades Female Factory is built on unceded Aboriginal land. We pay respect to the Palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) Community, their Elders past and present. We also acknowledge their deep connection to land, sea, waterways and skies, and value their endless commitment to caring for their Country, and honouring their Ancestors.
Convict Women’s Tour
daily from 10:00am
Oppression. Control. Courage. Perseverance. Learn about convict life at the Cascades Female Factory as told by expert tour guides.
Notorious Strumpets & Dangerous Girls
Saturday at 2:30pm
An emotional journey through the stories of seven remarkable convict women who faced life’s hardships with resilience.
The Proud and The Punished
daily at 1:00pm
Tragedy and triumph. Rebellion and redemption. The Proud and the Punished. History is brought to life through this one-woman, 40 minute performance.
Convict Women’s Tour & The Proud and the Punished
daily from 10:00am
Deep dive into the history and stories with both the Convict Women's Tour and the Proud and the Punished performance.
daily from 9:00am
Uncover the stories and the hidden history of the Female Factory at your own pace with a self-guided audio experience.
‘Factory Tales’ is a great way for kids to explore the site and learn about the lives of the Female Factory’s convicts as they search for answers and collect stamps
Life in the Cascades Female Factory
Just days after the first women were relocated to Cascades, the Rules and Regulations for the management of the House of Correction were issued to the Principal Superintendent. The rules outlined the staff required to manage the establishment: a Superintendent, a Matron, an Overseer and Task Mistress for the Crime Class, a Porter, a Clerk…
The people of Cascades
Meet some of the people whose lives and stories are woven into Cascades Female Factory’s history.