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Judy Jackson, MHA
Minister for Parks and Heritage

The construction of temporary bracing on a sandstone wall will help to protect Hobart's nationally significant Female Factory Historic Site in South Hobart.

The Minister for Parks and Heritage, Judy Jackson, said that the Cascades Female Factory is considered to have national significance as one of the two most important institutions for convict women in Australia and as an essential part of the system of convict management in Tasmania.

The Cascades Female Factory was the largest of four female factories operating in Tasmania in the 19th century.
The site is listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register as a place of historical cultural heritage significance and entered in the Register of the National Estate.

Ms Jackson said the Parks and Wildlife Service is installing temporary bracing on the outer perimeter of the six metre high sandstone wall on Degraves Street in order to stabilise the wall.

"Recent inspections have found that the wall has developed an outward lean and any further tilting will increase the risk of collapse, especially during high winds," said Ms Jackson.

"The temporary bracing will be installed while engineering advice is sought for a long term solution that provides stability while also safeguarding the cultural integrity of the wall and site."

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressingTasmania Together Goal 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.

Protecting the historic Female Factory

Timber bracing will help to protect a sandstone wall at the Female Factory.