Parramatta Female Factory Precinct to be assessed for National Heritage List
The Parramatta Female Factory, located int he grounds of Cumberland Hospital, North Paramatta, is a highly significant historical space; a Francis Greenway building and our oldest surviving convict women’s site. It is said that one in five Australians are relate to women who were incarcerated there. It was a place of assignment, a hospital, a marriage bureau, a factory, an asylum and a prison for those who committed a crime in the Colony. It was referred to as a factory as it manufactured cloth – linen, wool and linsey woolsey.
The prison is located within a precinct that includes a collection of historic buildings that reflect the formative years of the NSW colony. Among them is the former Roman Catholic Orphan School, which was established by the government in 1844. The Federal Government has announced that the precinct, currently state heritage listed, is to be assessed for national heritage listing. We understand that this decision will not impact the UrbanGrowth NSW’s plans for North Parramatta. Click here to read more from Sydney Morning Herlad’s Melanie Kembrey.