Somerset College Visit Her Story

Students LOVE Her Story!

It was a chilly start as Live History Plays took Somerset College on our dramatic experience at the Cascades Female Factory this morning. The Grade Six students, who come down, from the Gold Coast for a winter camp every year to experience our winter cold and history, were well rugged up.
We took the girls first and then the boys and both were equally engaged.
Somerset College have been coming down to visit us at Live History Hobart for, at least, the last 10 years; firstly on Louisa’s Walk and now on Her Story. Each year they wear a different coloured beanie so teachers can keep track of them – this year it was blue!
As ever the kids were totally absorbed and asked many insightful questions afterwards.
Kids LOVE learning about history in this way!!

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Winter Opening HOurs for Her Story

We are closing Her Story on Tuesdays and Wednesdays over winter – June to August inclusive.    The first 2 weeks of August  will be entirely closed to give us our annual break.

Visitor numbers to the lovely city of Hobart do drop considerably over winter. although the advent of our winter festivals particularly Dark Mofo and Festival of Voices helps to boost numbers again.

Experiencing the story of Mary James on dark, cold winter days only adds to  the experience in most visitor’s opinion.  The convict women were cold and damp most of the time;

A Wintry Landscape as Mary's Backdrop.

winter conditions add to the drama on every level!

Come and hear the tale of Mary James on a cold, frosty day and re-live her harrowing life.  You will be amazed!

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Winter Rates for our Self Contained Holiday Cottage!

Our Super Special Winter Rates for our self-contained Holiday Cottage in beautiful Blackmans Bay have got off to a good start today! Last minute guests through arrived at 7 pm tonight.
19 Blue is only 15 minutes from Hobart’s CBD so it makes an ideal place to stay.
Why not take advantage of these competitive rates – at jut $99 per night or $500 per week and treat yourselves to a few nights away?

The Lovely Bedroom at 19 Blue

Lovely country furnishings, home bread for breakfast and a lovely beach just ten minute’s walk away.
With  Dark Mofo and Festival of Voices just around the corner you had better book quickly!
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A Moving Encounter

We have been moved to tears many times at the Cascades Female Factory as we recount Mary’s tale on Her Story but never more so than today. Amongst our group of 18 was an elderly lady. She came up to me at the end, after we have come out of character and we are bidding people farewell.
She said ” I was one of those strong women – I was at Auschwitz – this brought it all back”.
I cried as I hugged her.

Mary James in Her Story

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The Sheep’s Back at Henry Jones.

Live History performed a command performance of our forty five minute show The Sheep’s Back at a private apartment at Henry Jones Art Hotel today.
We had been asked to do this to help celebrate a 64th wedding anniversary; a unique gift from the family.
What a wonderful idea to give an experience instead of material presents!
With its backdrop of stone walls the apartment made a very appropriate setting for the show which profiles the life of a shearer and his wife in the year 1895.

Tom the Shearer



A Private Performance of The Sheep's Back

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The True Meaning of Easter

Seen in the sky above the Cascades Female Factory yesterday.

Thank you Pilot!

The Cross Equals Love.

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Our First Harriet @ Hadleys

Harriet @ Hadley’s!
The beautiful Atrium at Hadley’s Orient Hotel was a perfect setting today for Harriet Bayly of Runnymede to meet an unexpected guest – Roald Amundsen fresh from his success in being the first to reach the South Pole!
We had a large group from Expanding Horizons from Adelaide in Hobart for the Wooden Boat Festival. This was our first booking for this new play Harriet @ Hadleys and we hope it will be the first of many. It was a perfect fit for the Festival with its tales of birth at sea and adventures in the Antarctic.
Fridays and Saturdays @ 2pm.
Bookings Essential.
Phone Hadley’s on 03 6237 2999


Harriet with Her Maid, Grand Daughter, Holly!

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Descendants at the Female Factory.

In the over twelve years we have been telling a convict woman’s story (first Louisa Ragan and now, Mary James) we have met many descendants of those early convict women.

Today, we had the pleasure of taking Jan Hutchings  (nee Cato) on Her Story.  William and Elizabeth Cato were a Supervisor and Assistant Matron back in 1831.

Jan found Her Story extremely moving and will encourage other members of her family to come and visit the Cascades Female Factory.

Do you have a female convict ancestor  or connection with this World Heritage Site?

Jan Hutchings (nee Cato)


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The Old School Lives Again.

Once again Grade 3/4 teacher Elvira Paternoster invited Live History to bring the Old School to her lovely students at New Town Primary School.

The school is fortunate enough to be able to walk up to the old Sunday School building at the Orphan School complex, to use as their 19th century classroom.

Students dressed in the costume of the time and arrived fresh from “collecting eggs and milking cows” carrying buckets and baskets.

They were quiet as mice as the day opened with the Lord’s Prayer and God Save our Gracious Queen. Times tables were recited and copy book work was done.

Afterwards Mrs Hughes was presented with an apple for the teacher and a bouquet of flowers.


Thank you New Town Primary!

An Apple for the Teacher and Flowers.

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Back in Hobart.

After a wonderful four months in Outback Queensland performing our new show The Sheep’s Back we are back performing at 12 noon daily at the Cascades Female Factory.  It didn’t take long to re-learn our sctripts – the brain is a wonderful organ!

We have been very busy taking schools this week – Her Story is so suitable for any age group from Grades 3 onwards.  Students love this interactive and informative way of learning about life in the Female Factory.

We are excited to be able to offer our wonderful show The Sheep’s Back down in Tasmania.  Classic Australian verse from the pens of Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson plus the fascinating history surrounding sheep and shearing makes a unique entertainment. Perfect for dinner or coach groups and for secondary school students.

Tom the Shearer with his wife Kathleen.

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