Today was our travel day. The first thing Rose and I did was laundry at the laundromat.
Since we had a bit of time after that we walked about 2 km to the Cascade Female Factory. It is Australia’s most significant historic site associated with female convicts. From 1828 – 1856 it operated as an institution intended to reform female convicts, some as young as 11 years old. More than 5000 female convicts are known to have spent time there. With staff, women and babies, up to 1000 people lived there at any one time.
We didn’t have time to do the tour so my information is limited. This is one of the plaques that I saw. It tells about one of the young women.
This is a metal quilt culture that the women created.
This next photo depicts the size of the solitary cells.
Just like at Port Arthur, these women and children were used as slave labor.
The walk to and from the Factory was along a creek bed and was very enjoyable. I love this tree.
Our flight to Sydney was uneventful. We had planned to take a shuttle to the place we are renting, but the shuttle didn’t go to private residences. So we purchased train/bus passes; took the train to Central Station: and walked to the lovely apartment where we will be staying for 5 nights.
Jan should arrive any minute now and we will plan our 5 days in Sydney.