Objects of Memory: Parramatta Female Factory Institutions Precinct bicentenary
OBJECTS OF MEMORY is a special exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of the Parramatta Female Factory Institutions Precinct. Presented by the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Inc, OBJECTS OF MEMORY explores the human experience of institutionalisation and its legacies in the present day.
Since 1821, an estimated 80,000 Australians have spent time in the Precinct’s institutions. Today many are discovering their generational connections to these places, including descendants of the convict women of the Female Factory, the children of the Roman Catholic Orphan School, Parramatta Girls Home; the women of the Norma Parker Detention Centre and those who spent time in the Lunatic Asylum.
Established as a place for women, it was here that the limitations, disadvantage and abuse that Australian women continue to experience today, was first given form.
We welcome visitors to see the exhibition and explore the grounds and buildings of the once Roman Catholic Orphan School and Parramatta Girls Home, located within the historic core of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct at 1 Fleet Street North Parramatta.