Hobart was settled primarily as a convict prison for Great Britain.  Women convicts were housed in separate barracks called "female factories" until they were found gainful employment or marriage.  Hobart's Female Factory in the shadow of Mount Wellington beside the Cascades Rivulet on the western edge of the city closed long ago, but is open to the public for tours daily. 

Although little remains of the buildings themselves apart from perimeter walls, the fascinating story of female convict history is brought to life in the dramatized guided walking tour Her Story which is enacted each day at 11am. 

Heritage tours offer insights into the life and operation of the prison and operate 7 days per week at 10am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm, in all weathers -duration approximately 45 minutes.

The Cascades Female Factory Historic Site was added to the World Heritage list in 2010, one of eleven historic places around Australia that are part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property. Five of the eleven sites are in Tasmania, an indication of the impact of convict transportation on Tasmania's history.

 More details are available at the Female Factory website