An excursion to Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is an immersive learning experience. Our tours and workshops bring to life the stories of the women who spent time here and offer students opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the female convict perspective.

Tour: Convict Life at the Cascades Female Factory

Recommended level: Years 4 – 12
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: $10.00 per student (min. 15 students)

On this guided tour, discover what life was like for convicts at the Cascades Female Factory. From the rules and regulations of the site, daily life and living conditions, and the types of work convicts undertook, students will learn women’s stories of resilience.

Tour: Notorious Strumpets & Dangerous Girls

Recommended level: Years 7 – 12
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $15.50 per student (min. 15 students)

Explore the stories of seven convict women who demonstrated remarkable resilience on this guided tour of the Cascades Female Factory. Described as ‘notorious strumpets’, students will understand that there was more to these women than society at the time would have us believe.

Workshop: Mary Derrick’s Story

Recommended level: Years 1 – 4
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $10.00 per student (min. 15 students)

Learn about transportation, convict history, and what life was like in the past through the story of Mary Derrick – a young woman who spent time at the Cascades Female Factory. Students will experience doing laundry by hand and making a Victorian-era toy, and reflect on how life has changed over time.

Workshop: Explore and Discover Historical Sources  

Recommended level: Years 4 – 12
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $5.50 per student (min. 15 students)

Discover the range of sources that historians and archaeologists have used to understand and interpret the Cascades Female Factory. Students will explore convict records and artefacts recovered from the site, and learn how these can be used together to tell the stories of the women who spent time here.