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“The Herstory actors really brought the place to life.”

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
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USD 38.42*
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Hobart Half-Day Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour
Ranked #19 of 146 things to do in Hobart
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Australia's most significant site associated with female convicts sits in the shadow of Mount Wellington, a short distance from the Hobart CBD.Women were incarcerated here as punishment or while waiting to be assigned. With guards, nurses and babies, up to 1000 people lived here at any one time. Discover the stories of female convicts and their children on a guided tour that operate regularly throughout the day.Experience 'Her Story' - a moving and emotional 45 minute dramatised guided walking tour.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 5 November 2017

This is a very clever and interactive tour; you're taken into the grim history of how these poor women coped with energy and wit and simple but powerful storytelling. We were taken on a journey with basically stone walls, skilled performers and a really imaginative style. Dare I say, the women would have been very pleased with how their plight was presented.

Thank Geepaine
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

Only the shell of the original stone built prison remains but the tour guide is very informative and the stories told allow you to picture the scene as it was once was on the one walking tour.

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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Dear tc1509,
Thanks for choosing to visit us at the Female Factory and take the time to leave a review. We are honoured to share the stories of the women and their children that spent time at the female factory. We encourage all visitors to take part in a Heritage Tour or Her Story Performance during their visit to gain further understanding and context of the site.
We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Hobart also.
Kind regards,
Cascades Female Factory

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Reviewed 4 November 2017

I went to the Cascades Female Factory with a group on a gray, rainy day. When we realized the-45 minute reenactment was outside, we were all moaning and complaining, but once the presentation started, we were riveted. Two truly wonderful actors make you feel like you are there with those poor, sufffering women as they re-enact the story of one prisoner’s experience. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in Hobart’s history as a penal colony.

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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Today we returned for our second visit this time we bought our teenagers.. it was an amazing insight as to how the female convicts were treated. But you can only het the true understanding if you booked a her story tour.. you are definitely in the moment of the convicts arrival.. Outstanding .congratulations & thank you to livehistoryhobart.

Thank Michelle M
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Reviewed 2 November 2017

Having convicts in my family this was a great way to see how these poor people lived
I found my convict which was so exciting
the book she was in is held at reception and was call Tarts and Strumpets and natorouis woman .
A must visit

Thank Ros John h
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