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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island

16/01/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track

05/01/2018

The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.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