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Female factory workers kept army supplied during wwii

Female factories were based on British bridewells, prisons and workhouses. They were for women convicts transported to the penal colonies of New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land.


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An estimated 9,000 convict women were in the 13 female factories, in the colonies of NSW and Van Diemen's Land. This spanned a period of 52 years -1804 to 1856. An estimated 1 in 5 to 1 in 7 Australians are related to these women. The factories were called factories because each was a site of production. The women produced spun wool and flax in all the factories. In the main factories other work was undertaken such as sewing, stocking knitting and straw plaiting. Hard labour included rock breaking and oakum picking.

Female factory Parramatta Female Factory Museum Object Gallery 1 Parramatta

Women were sent to the female factories while awaiting assignment to a household or while awaiting childbirth or weaning or as punishment.

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  • Parramatta female factory, Parramatta, New South Wales (2 factories)
  • Newcastle, New South Wales
  • Port Macquarie, New South Wales (2 factories)
  • Moreton Bay, Queensland
  • Five female factories operated in Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) during the period of transportation:
  • Hobart
  • Ross

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