Research into Convict Institutions

Research Tasmania conducts research into convict institutions in Van Diemen's Land, particularly those established for female convicts. A current research project investigates life in the Cascades Female Factory between 1850 and 1856


Cascades Female Factory 1850–1856

Research has begun on life in the Cascades Female Factory under the superintendence of John M May, between 1850 and 1856. The Factory ceased operation as a factory in 1856, with control transferred to colonial authorities. Information is being collected on the employees and convicts who there during this period. The punishment books which cover this period have already been transcribed. The research will culminate in a book about the Factory during this period.


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