Parramatta Female Factory Precinct is Australia's earliest convict institutional site associated with women and children where you will find the historic Female Factory and later Lunatic Asylum and the Roman Catholic Orphan(age) School later occupied as the Parramatta Girls Industrial Training School (Home).
PFFP MEMORY PROJECT
Memory to Action
PFFP Memory Project is a social history and contemporary art project centered on the historic institutions of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct.
We aim to capture and interpret the history, experience and legacy of institutional confinement at this site, to promote awareness about the impact of institutionalisation and childhood detention and to activate the precinct as Australia's first Site of Conscience.
Workshops, Events & Exhibitions
- Living Traces
- Future Feminist Archive SCA
- Island Salon, Underbelly Festival
- Exposed to Moral Danger
- Children's Day
- The Writing is on the Wall
- Place, Trace, Identity symposium
'Living Traces' is a Parragirls collaboration with artists Gwen Harrison and Sue Anderson, exploring experiences and memories through the written word as graffiti and in official documents and interpreting these in creative form in limited edition artists prints and handmade crafted artist books.
Parragirls is a support network and contact register established in 2006 for Forgotten Australians and Stolen Generations of the Parramatta Girls Home. We provide information on how to obtain your welfare files and records, support services, open days and social activities, the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, and consultations with the NSW Government on the Parramatta Girls Home Memorial.
Parramatta North Urban Transformation
In 2014 the NSW Government announced plans for Parramatta North Urban Transformation which would see new hi rise residential and commercial development at the precinct, the preservation of the 19th century Female Factory - Asylum and Roman Catholic Orphan School - Girls Training School and the demolition of most 20th century institutional buildings and structures.
National Heritage Listing
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. Written comments on whether the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct should be included on the National Heritage List are now being sought. Written comments must be lodged by 23 September 2016.
Parramatta Girls Home Memorial
In November 2014, the Minister for Family and Community Services (FACS) announced that a memorial would be built at the Parramatta Girls’ Home site to acknowledge the women who experienced abuse as children at the home. FACS is committed to building a place of remembrance and reflection for former residents, their families, as well as the wider community.
A free shuttle bus leaves from Parramatta Station or Rivercat Wharf every 10 minutes. Alight at Parramatta Leagues Club and then proceed to Fennel and Fleet Streets.
ADvice for visitors
The historic buildings of the Precinct are not open for public access and there are no public facilities for visitors. Most of the historic buildings can be seen from Fleet St.