The World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory tells the story of the dispossession, mistreatment and forced migration of Australian 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.
Site Entry (including audio guide)
daily from 9:00am
Walk back in time. Discover the stories of the Female Factory at your own pace through our audio guide.
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.
The Proud and The Punished
daily at 12:00pm
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 Heritage Tour and the Proud and the Punished performance.
‘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.