Initially the female factories in Australia were not just places of incarceration, (more…)
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.
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
On 13 May 1787, the First Fleeters sailed from Portsmouth Harbour with 1530 officials and their wives, marines and their wives, the ships’ crews, male and female convicts. Included also were children (more…)
Aerial photograph of North Parramatta. Source: Six Maps
North Parramatta is a residential suburb located approximately 1 kilometre north of Parramatta and 1 kilometre west of Dundas. Some of the streets which form its boundaries include Victoria Road, Pennant Street, (more…)