Who were the women of the Female Factory? where did they come from?
Convict Bonnets 'Roses from the Heart' a bonnet tribute to commemorate the value of a convict woman's life.
The children of the Orphanage and Girls Industrial School/HomeSettlement; Factory Above the Gaol;
A contact register and information on support services and welfare files for Parramatta Girls.Where you can obtain records for: Convicts; Asylum; Orphanage; Industrial School; Parramatta Girls Home
How to get there; Self Guide Tour;
Glengarriff Museum; Site Map
Parramatta Female Factory Precinct is located in the heart of Western Sydney about 3kls north of the Parramatta CBD on approximately 56 acres of land bounded by the Parramatta River, Fleet Street, New Street and the Parramatta Gaol.
It is among the most significant historic sites in Australia and has been in continuous use as a place of confinement since 1821. The institutions of the Female Factory Precinct include:
Today many of historical buildings and structures of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct are threatened with demolition by neglect. Unlike other convict sites, the Precinct is off limits to tourists and other visitors who would like to see this remarkable site. This is a situation we'd like to change, but we need your help to do so, please Contact Us.
PFFP Memory Project - Trace, Place, Identity
In February 2013 former residents of the Parramatta Girls Home launched the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project to bring together artists, educators, academics, historians and the local community to activate this historic site as Australia's first international Site of Conscience.
A social history and contemporary art project centred on the historic institutions, the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project introduces a new model of ethical practice and engagement with sites associated with trauma, loss and suffering by engaging those who once resided in these institutions to actively participate in determining how their experiences are remembered, documented and interpreted. Integral to this process are the rights of those who experienced institutional 'care' as children to determine how this site will be remembered and preserved for future generations to understand this tragic history of Australia. Children's Day is the first in a series of events where the community is invited to participate in supporting the call for memorialisation of the institutions of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct.
Children's Day Connecting past to present
9 March 2014 11am - 4pm
Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project invites you to join us for a magical day to explore the past, illuminate the present and imagine the future of Australia's first purpose built orphanage for Catholic children at Kamballa, 1 Fleet St Parramatta.
Children's Day will remember this forgotten site and the children who once lived here, with activities designed for children to connect past to present through arts & crafts, talking circles and in creating a Children's Garden.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is inquiring into how allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse that occurred in an institutional context have been managed and responded to. It will investigate how institutions and governments can better protect children, how they can achieve best practice in reporting and responding to incidents and how to address the impact of child sexual abuse.
Parramatta Girls Home & Hay Institution
Testimonies given at the Royal Commission public hearings by former residents of the Parramatta Girls Home reveal the extent of brutality and dehumanisation they experienced.
Now more than ever it is time to recognise and preserve this site and the adjacent Female Factory as Australia's first Site of Conscience.
Exclusive look into the dungeon of Parramatta Girls Home | Daily Telegraph 7 March 2014
Inmates at Parramatta Girls Home subjected to 'state-sanctioned rape' | SMH 26 Feb 2014
Parramatta abuse victims still unheard | ABC Radio AM 1 March 2014
Raped and beaten – 'they bounced me off every wall', witness tells hearing |The Guardian 27 Feb 2014
Innocence lost in brutal institution | Daily Telegraph 7 March 2014