The organisation was formed in 2006 to lobby for the preservation of the site of the former Female Factory, which later became Parramatta Girls Home, and was used as Kamballa, Taldree and the Norma Parker Detention Centre. The organisation also draws attention to the history of the site, as a place for the incarceration of women.
In 2017, after significant lobbying by Parragirls, the Parramatta Female Factory and Institutions Precinct was inscribed on the National Heritage List. The inscription notes that "the Precinct is outstanding in its capacity to tell the stories of women and children in institutions over the course of Australian history". Parragirls works to protect, preserve and promote the history and heritage of the Precinct, and activate it as an International Site of Conscience.
The Parragirls website contains information about this project, and the Precinct.
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26 July 2023
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/nsw/NE01235
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