Pricing for Education GroupsBook a visit
Entry to the site: $5 (one accompanying adult per ten students is free of charge; additional adults are charged the student rate).
Entry includes 1 of the following tours or activities:
- Group Heritage Tour (50min)
- A Day’s Work at the Female Factory (60min)
- Records and Artefacts (60min)
- Investigation to Interpretation (50mins)
Additional activity on day of visit: $3
Before booking your education group visit to the Cascades Female Factory, please review the tour and activity descriptions below to ensure that you are selecting the appropriate program for your group.
For suggestions and advice on our range of tours, activities and resources, contact us.
The Proud and the Punished Dramatised Tour
- Not included with site entry
- $12.50 per student (one accompanying adult per ten students is free of charge; additional adults are charged the student rate)
- A flat rate of $300 applies to groups of 24 students or more
- The maximum group size per performance is 50.
ToursBook a visit
Please read the descriptions carefully to select a tour to suit your group’s needs. For further advice on education tours, contact us.
Education Group Heritage Tour
Suitable for upper primary and secondary school groups (50 minutes)
The Heritage Tour for education groups offers students a guided introduction to the site and its stories. In this tour a guide will offer insights into the system of punishment and reform that operated at the Cascades Female Factory. Students will also be given the opportunity to develop a sense of empathy for the convict women who spent time here, as they consider the question of whether their punishments were fitting to their crimes.
The Proud and the Punished
Suitable for upper primary and secondary school groups (45 minutes)
The Proud and the Punished is a one-woman performance featuring multiple characters and centered around the life of Sarah Mason, a convict who railed against the system and experienced both tragedy and triumph.
Combining historical accounts of life at the Factory, original songs and colourful characters, The Proud and the Punished is an experience that brings to life the strength and spirit of the women who experienced the hardships of convict life.
ActivitiesBook a visit
Please read the descriptions carefully to select an activity to suit your group’s needs. For further advice on these activities, contact us.
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.
Records and Artefacts
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 a lesson plan and associated resources for this activity, designed for the Year Five and Year Nine Australian Curriculum.
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.