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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Harmony re-enactment brings story to life - Judy Jackson, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Harmony re-enactment brings story to life - Judy Jackson, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The welcome received today by the ‘female convicts’ from Heritage Minister Judy Jackson, at the Female Factory Historic Site’s Harmony re-enactment was a pleasant distraction from the harsh reality of convict life.

The ‘female convicts’ retraced the steps of the 100 women and 33 children who 177 years ago to the day who marched from the notorious female convict transport ship the Harmony to the Female Factory along Macquarie Street and the South Hobart Rivulet.

Ms Jackson praised the Board and friends of the Female Factory Historic site for bringing Tasmania’s convict history to life.

"While nearly all of the Female Factory’s buildings have been demolished, the Board, staff and friends of the Female Factory Historic Site have been instrumental in keeping the Site’s history alive through wonderful events such as this,” Ms Jackson said.

“The telling of stories was an important part of keeping the State’s historic heritage alive and meaningful for current and future generations.

"By focusing on the stories and profiles of people associated with the Female Factory, Tasmanians and interstate visitors have a greater understanding of the significance of the site and are provided with a much more meaningful visitor experience.”

This initiative is part of the State Government’s commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 21 – Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.


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