The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority is the custodian of the Cascades Female Factory, Port Arthur and the Coal Mines historic sites. The Port Arthur Conservation Fund has been established to help organisations and individuals to contribute financially to the ongoing conservation of the sites. All support is welcome, and donations of $2.00 or…

Alison AlexanderSeventh-generation Australian with convict ancestors in the first, second, and third fleet. Former lecturer in history. Written and contributed to a number of publications on convict women. Founding member of the Female Convicts Research Centre and Convict Women’s Press.Somayeh KouhestaniSomayeh Kouhestani arrived in Tasmania in 2014 (?) with her family. Originally from Afghanistan, Somayeh…

Alison AlexanderSeventh-generation Australian with convict ancestors in the first, second, and third fleet. Former lecturer in history. Written and contributed to a number of publications on convict women. Founding member of the Female Convicts Research Centre and Convict Women’s Press.Somayeh KouhestaniSomayeh Kouhestani arrived in Tasmania in 2014 (?) with her family. Originally from Afghanistan, Somayeh…

Yard 4 of the Cascades Female Factory contained the newly constructed Nursery Yard. It also included a separate enclosed area housing the Matron’s Quarters and the Sub-Matron’s Quarters, and a self-contained room for messengers, whose duties included acting as couriers to Hobart Town.  Until 1851, matrons at the Cascades Female Factory were the wives of…