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Organisation Cascades House of Correction (1856 - c. 1877)
- c. 1877
- Care Provider and Government-run
The Cascades House of Correction opened on the site of the Cascades Female Factory in 1856 to accommodate women who had received their sentences in Tasmania. During the 1860s, it became less of a gaol and more of an invalid depot for aging and destitute former convicts. The House of Correction housed the children of the prisoners as well as children who were orphaned or neglected and waiting for transferral to Queen's Asylum or the boarding-out system.
In 1874, the English social reformers and advocates of the boarding-out system, Florence and Rosamund Hill, visited the site. In their book What we saw in Australia, they wrote that about 18 children, 'all very little', lived there in a separate section to the prisoners. One of the prisoners looked after the children. They attended school on the site.
- The Cascades House of Correction situated at the Female Factory, Cascades, South Hobart. Location: South Hobart
- Scripps, L. and Hudspeth, A, The Female Factory Historic Site: Historical Report, unpublished report for Department of Parks, Wildlife and Heritage, 1992. Details
- Hill, Rosamund Davenport and Hill Florence Davenport, What we saw in Australia, Macmillan and Co, London, 1875, 438 pp, http://archive.org/details/whatwesawinaustr00hilliala. Details
- Female Factory Cascades from the east
- 1880 - 1920
- South Hobart
- TAHO Reference: NS1013-1-48
- Tasmanian Images: Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office
Sources used to compile this entry: Hill, Rosamund Davenport and Hill Florence Davenport, What we saw in Australia, Macmillan and Co, London, 1875, 438 pp, http://archive.org/details/whatwesawinaustr00hilliala; Scripps, L. and Hudspeth, A, The Female Factory Historic Site: Historical Report, unpublished report for Department of Parks, Wildlife and Heritage, 1992.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 27 October 2011, Last modified: 3 December 2012