Ross’s Historic Female Factory Site
Built in the early 1840′s, incarcerated female convicts from 1847 to 1854. It was one of four female factories established in Tasmania. The name, “Female Factory” was abbreviated from the British institutional title “Manufactory”, and referred to the prisons’ role as a Work House.
Open to the public, the Overseer’s Cottage contains a display on the history of this unique convict site, including a model of the Female Factory in 1851. Although little architecture remains above the ground, the Ross Female Factory is the most archaeologically intact female convict site in Australia.
Like other parts of Tasmania’s Midlands, the Ross area is famous for its superfine merino wool. Visit the Tasmanian Wool Centre where you will find a Heritage Museum and Wool Exhibition.
The main crossroads of the village are amusingly said to represent “Temptation” (Man O’Ross Hotel), “Recreation” (Town Hall), “Salvation” (Catholic Church) and “Damnation” (the jail, now a private residence).