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Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

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Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Maintaining vigilance with campfires

03/11/2017

Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.More

Ross Female Factory

Chronology

Guide to Tasmania's Historic Places - Ross Female Factory

Chronology of Events

  • c. 1812 garrison established at river ford
  • 1821 town of Ross proclaimed
  • c. 1831 brick and thatch huts built on the site for convict gang employed in public works
  • 1832 sale of land to settlers at Ross
  • 1833-5 permanent stone buildings constructed to house chain-gang employed on the Ross bridge; site included nine acre vegetable garden
  • 1841 site commenced use as male probation station and also housing chain-gangs working on the Hobart-Launceston road
  • 1847 expansion of buildings for female convicts; site functioned as workshops, 'lying-in' hospital (for pregnant convicts), nursery and hiring depot (for placing female convicts in domestic service)
  • 1853 end of convict transportation from Britain
  • 1854 closure of female factory; local Catholic Church allowed to use chapel
  • 1855 factory handed over to Police Department, vacant except for caretaker
  • 1862 proposal to turn factory into boys reformatory, not proceeded with
  • 1875 factory used by contractors working on main line railway; building in disrepair
  • 1879 proposed division and sale of factory into lots, not proceeded with
  • 1894 factory site reserved for Municipality of Ross
  • 1895 cottage converted for use by Superintendent of Police (extended using stone from old factory buildings)
  • c. 1897 remaining factory buildings demolished
  • 1907 police resident at cottage
  • 1938 Mr. Lthreatenedie Knowles resident at cottage
  • 1974 death of Lthreatenedie Knowles
  • 1980 management of site transferred to National Parks and Wildlife Service; declaration of Ross Female Convict Station Historic Site