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Declare the Parramatta Female Factory a site of world heritage significance and return it to the Australian people

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The Parramatta Female Factory is currently at risk! The only way to ensure its survival is World Heritage Status.

The Parramatta Female Factory is world significant and earliest surviving convict female factory site in Australia predating all but three of the current World Heritage Convict Sites.

It was a critical place in the forging of Australia's identity, a place of incarceration, assignment, marriage, hospital and a site of conscience. Over 9,000 convict women went through the female factory system which means approximately 1 in 7 Australians are related to these women. Over 5,000 went through Parramatta. These women fought for our working rights and were the mothers of our nation. It was built by convict men. As well as the women, their children were incarcerated with them. It is a women's story, a men's story and a children's story, all still relevant today.

The site was commissioned by Governor Macquarie, designed by Francis Greenway, Colonial architect and the place of incarceration for an estimated 5,000 convict women. 

If it is preserved and open to the public it can tell the stories of Australia to future generations and help us understand how our Australian character and our county developed.

Without your help it may become another 'sale item', its fabric destroyed or closed door heritage to be enjoyed by a select few. Your voice will help it become available for all instead of meaningless stone edifices in the shadows of major developers dreams and incomes.

 



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