Women Transported

An exhibition on life in Australia’s convict female factories is currently at the Fremantle Prison until July 3rd 2011

An estimated 1 in 5 Australians has an ancestor who spent time in a convict female factory, which were very similar to the English workhouses.This confronting and inspiring exhibition from the Parramatta Heritage Centre reveals the harsh lives of women who were incarcerated. Letters, photographs, domestic items and artefacts tell the story, although very little material survives from these women. Their contribution has been largely ignored, yet they are the ‘mothers of the nation’ – women with grit who survived the dire conditions of late 18th and early 19th century colonial Australia.

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