The original hospital building which was the first dedicated female health service in Australia is now used as a credit union and paper storage. The 1825 third class yard and sleeping quarters has had large air conditioning substation placed in an area contravening the international Burra Charter and recently an application was put in to the Heritage Branch of the Department of Planning NSW to turn the 1825 third class sleeping quarters was subject to being turned into a computer data room. The building on the third class dining room site was subject to arson and is seriously in need of conservation. The Gipps 1830s courtyard has been used as a dumping area for rubbish and discarded office and lounge furniture.
1. Stop any building applications or work immediately which changes the historic fabric and meaning of the historic Parramatta Female Factory.
2. The Parramatta Female Factory Precinct, comprising the Parramatta Female Factory Site (including the third class sleeping quarters and yard), and Catholic Orphan School and Girls Industrial School site, should be returned to the people of Australia.
3. The precinct should be managed by a government body with the expertise and mission
to conserve and intrepret this site for the people of Australia in accordance with the guidelines of the Burra Charter.
Help us to gather at least 5,000 petition entries so that there is at least one for each woman who went through the Parramatta Female Factory.
This petition is already giving social value to the action. Thank you for your participation. You can also download the petition document and share with those who don't have computer. If you fill it out as well it will ensure your participation here is recorded in the traditional legal method. You can get the dowloaded from https://sites.google.com/site/parramattafemalefactory/
if you have a female factory ancestor and would like to have your ancestor added to our databas then email [email protected] or go to contact us on the convict female factories website listed above.
Recently the factory was submitted for national heritage and was rejected by the Australian Heritage Committee. The Federal Minister for heritage can make a discretionary judgement and add it to the list. This is an important step for protection and world heritage. Contacting the new minister will let him know it is important ad he can make a difference. So please pass on the petition information and possible actions.