Situated about 3klms north of the Parramatta CBD along the upper reaches of the Parramatta River where the Burramattagal clan of the Darug Nation once celebrated their time honored traditions, the historical institutions of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct date back to the early penal settlement of New South Wales.
Parramatta Female Factory Precinct is the location of Australia's first purpose built Female Factory and government owned Orphanage for Catholic children -later operating as the Parramatta Girls Home.
An estimated 1 in 5 Australians have a direct family connection with these institutions.
NEWS - National Heritage Listing
Friday 31 July 2015
The Australian Government is pleased to announce the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct in Western Sydney will be assessed for possible inclusion on the National Heritage List. ...read media release. This announcement comes 4 years after we first nominated the Precinct for National Heritage Listing.
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.
Established to raise awareness about the history, heritage and legacy of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Parragirls launched the Living Memorial campaign in 2005 calling for its memorialisation and designation as Australia's first Site of Conscience in recognition of the thousands of women and children who like them, wereonce confined in its institutions.