Parramatta Female Factory Precinct
Situated just north of the Parramatta CBD on a wedge of land bounded by the Parramatta River and Fleet St the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct is a large institutional complex dating back to 1821.
Located on the traditional land of the Burramattagal clan - Darug nation, its boundaries encompass two of Australia's first purpose built institutions for the confinement of convict women and orphaned children.
An estimated 1 in 5 Australians have a direct family connection with this site or its historic institutions.
TAKING FREEDOM FROM THE PAST
Parallels in the lives of convict women and the recent experiences of wards of the state. The Parramatta Female Factory Precinct housed orphans, convict women, girls at risk and those in need of psychiatric care. Parragirls campaign for the precinct to be preserved, with hopes to regenerate the neglected buildings into a cultural centre inspired by Cascades Female Factory Historic Site.
Filmed by Collections Australia Network.
Imagine you're standing in a place surrounded by high walls that seems familiar, yet is not:
A place set apart, where you're alone and yet you are not..
In front of you is a gate, it's closed and bolted; is there anyway out?
Turning, one, two, three, four, five, again and again the gate appears...
Slowly you realise you're in a place, that exists between past and present.
A place inhabited by memories that haunt you, a place you can never leave.
Female Factory Gate 1 is one of 5 short films each representing an institution of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct.
contact register & support network for Parramatta Girls Home
Who were the Female Factory Women? Where did they come from? Who else is associated with this site?
Artist Christina Henri's tribute to the convict women of the Female Factories
Children of the Orphanage & the Girls Home
Links to records for Convicts, Asylum, Orphanage, Parramatta Girls Home
Settlement, Factory Above the Gaol
Links to Listings & Registers
Directions, tour guide, Glengarriff Museum, Wistaria Gardens, Map.
a social history & contemporary art project bringing together artists, historians, academics & Parragirls to document, record & interpret the history and heritage of the site and the institutional experience.
Parragirls have been friends of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct since their inception in 2005, when they set out to raise awareness about its history, heritage and legacy. As former occupants of the Parramatta Girls Home they have campaigned for its memorialisation as Australia's first Site of Conscience in recognition of the thousands of women and children once confined in its institutions. They also provide a contact register and support network for Parragirls and families and undertake activities that encourage others to connect with this site and its human story.