Bicentennial Dedication & Commemoration: World Heritage Site Female Factory 


Celebrating the women and children of the Female Factory, Parramatta


History, Her Story, Our Story is a dedication, commemoration and celebration of the Parramatta Female Factory Women and the bicentennial of the laying of the first stone of the factory, by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. 


Events include: dedication and reflection, commemoration of the lives of the female factory women and celebration of their contributions to Australian history and our lives in contemporary Australia. It will be an historic event! The dedication ceremony will be led by Professor the Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO. This will also include a number of speakers including patrons Tom and Meg Keneally and female factory descendants of the women and staff.


You are invited to bring along a posie or short message to include as part of the ceremony after the commemorative wall is unveiled.




The Bicentennial Dedication is the key event in this suite of events held at 1:00pm, 7th of July 2018.

From 10am to 3:30pm the day includes:

  • Herstory displays & storytelling

  • Talks program including Tom and Meg Keneally, Babette Smith, Heather Garnsey, Carol Liston, Gail Davis and Patrick Dodd (limited numbers)

  • Colonial crafts & trade tables

  • Archaeology displays

  • Historical re-enactments

  • Factory stories shared

  • Traditional Irish and Scottish music,

  • Family activities