SOCIAL HISTORY + CONTEMPORARY ART
MEMORY TO ACTION
Our mission is to promote awareness about the history, heritage and legacy of institutional confinement of women and children and to activate the historic Parramatta Female Factory Precinct as Australia's first Site of Conscience.
What Are Sites of Conscience?
Sites of Conscience are historic sites, museums, and memory initiatives connecting past struggles to today’s movements for human rights and social justice. As the first Australian member of ICSOC we recognise that people want to know about these institutional sites, why they were established, what purpose they served and what of their legacy remains today.
Parramatta Female Factory Precinct is among the most significant historic sites in Australia associated with convict women, Forgotten Australians and the Stolen Generations.
Parramatta Female Factory 1821-1847
Parramatta Lunatic Asylum since 1848 (now Cumberland Hospital)
Roman Catholic Orphan School 1844-1886
Parramatta Girls Industrial Training School& Kamballa Children's Shelter 1887-1983
A 2016 Memory Project creative collaboration with artists Gwen Harrison and Sue Anderson, exploring experiences and memories of Parramatta Girls Home.
An exhibition of prints and artist books created by Parragirls for the Memory Project will be on exhibition at the former Parramatta Girls Home 1 Fleet St, Nth Parramatta from 25 September to 2 October 2016.