Initially the female factories in Australia were not just places of incarceration, (more…)
Female penitentiary or factory, Parramata , New South Wales, Augustus Earle, National Library of Australia
The First Female Factory – 1800 – 1820.
The first Female Factory, built in 1804 was located above the Parramatta gaol and was on the space that is now Prince Alfred Square. The top floor was meant to give a safe place as well a location to work for unassigned convict women.
Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 31st December 1824.
Mary Jones was the first midwife to have been called to assist at the Female Factory at Parramatta.
The Female Factory 200th Anniversary Podcast was prepared from a recording undertaken by Michelle Goodman [MG] interviewing Anne Mathews [AM] on 12 December 2017 at the Parramatta Heritage Centre for the City of Parramatta Council Archives.
North Parramatta, Female Factory, ‘Sleeping Ward’, built c.1825. Photograph: Peter Arfanis, City of Parramatta.
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2018 marks the bicentenary of the largest and oldest surviving convict women’s site in Australia: the Parramatta Female Factory.
“Parramatta Hospital for the Insane”, Destruction of ‘Female Factory’ buildings, Cumberland Hospital, 1878 -1983
Throughout the 1870s a number of women patients were housed in (more…)
The front of the 1821 Female Factory building had a clock