Women Transported: Life in Australia’s Convict Female Factories

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Women Transported: Life in Australia’s Convict Female Factories

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A National Archives of Australia touring exhibition, revealing the harsh life of women in female factories in late 18th and early 19th century colonial Australia.

An estimated one in five Australians has an ancestor who spent time in a female factory, but very little material survives.

This exhibition celebrates the personal accounts of these ?mothers of the nation?. Women torn from the lives they knew, separated from their children and assigned to often harsh masters and mistresses. Original objects, interactive elements and works by colonial artists Augustus Earle and John Skinner Prout feature.

Women Transported is a tribute to the memories and experiences of women who made a significant contribution to the nation.

Supported by Visions of Australia, a Commonwealth grant program supporting touring exhibitions of Australian cultural material.