‘Greenway Female Factory at Parramatta NSW’, undated [RAHS Collection]

The Parramatta Female Factory and Institutions Precinct was added to the National Heritage Listing on Tuesday 14th of November 2017: it is the 113th item to be classified as a national heritage place.

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said that the precinct was “highly valued for its heritage importance by the local, state and national community and this National Heritage listing will allow the Australian community to stand witness to the lives and experiences of women and children who lived there”.

Click here to read the full Federal Government Gazette Notice.

The precinct is already on the State Heritage Register. Inclusion on the national heritage list will deliver greater protections, and requires the creation of a management plan to guide the treatment of heritage values at the site.

The RAHS would like to thank and congratulate Parramatta Female Factory Friends, Parragirls and North Parramatta Resident Action Group for all their advocacy work in achieving this milestone.

Parramatta Female Factory Friends have set up an online petition seeking World Heritage Listing for the site. The only sure way for this heritage site to remain accessible to all Australians is for it to be included as part of the World Heritage Listing for Convict sites.

Click here to sign the petition.

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