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Ross Female Factory, Ross

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The Ross Female Factory, a former Australian workhouse for female convicts in the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land, is located in the village of Ross, in the midlands region of Tasmania. Operational between 1848 and 1854, the factory is now one of the 11 sites that collectively comprise the Australian Convict Sites, listed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO.
Collectively the Australian Convict Sites represent an exceptional example of the forced migration of convicts and an extraordinary example of global developments associated with punishment and reform. Representing the female experience, the Ross Female Factory demonstrates how penal transportation was used to expand Britain's spheres of influence, as well as to punish and reform female convicts.
The Ross Female Factory opened in March 1848 and closed in November 1854. Transportation to Van Diemen's Land had ceased in 1853. The site served as a factory as well as a hiring depot, an overnight station for female convicts travelling between settlements, a lying-in hospital and a nursery.
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  • Walking the grounds on the quiet cold Winters day and standing in the various buildings imprints you could imagine that this place was once a place of great sadness and hopes. The children born there....  more »
  • If you have an interest in history this site is also worthy of a visit. Whilst there is only 1 building left, the story inside is well laid out and quite informative. It added another historical dimen...  more »
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  • Very interesting. Went over 2 days as it was very wet & couldn't finish reading the panels outside. Very sad past history but so well worth the visit & seeing how the Women lived for a changed. Highly recommend going if in Ross.
  • It is a solemn place, the story of the suffering that went on in the factory can be followed through the well placed information plaques scattered around the field and within the heritage building that remains. There are some displays of the the factory's layout within; along with some historic paraphernalia displayed in boxes of the items used in that time period. I recommend this place to couples and history fanatics. Not recommended to bring kids, they won't appreciate the lore of the attraction and there are snakes in the area.

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