The From the Shadows installations will be placed on two heritage sites: the Cascade Female Factory in South Hobart and the Orphan Schools at New Town.
The Cascade Female Factory was inscribed on the World Heritage list in July 2010, along with ten other Australian convict sites. Cascades Female Factory Historic Site aims to foster a greater understanding of the largely untold story of female convicts sent to Australia. The Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is the most significant site associated with female convicts in Australia.
Representing the female convict experience, the Cascades Female Factory demonstrates how transportation was used to expand Britain’s spheres of influence, and ultimately led to building the Australian nation as we know it today. It is managed by the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA), a foundation sponsor of From the Shadows Inc.
The Orphan Schools at New Town are located on Crown Land and form part of St John’s Park Precinct. The heritage-listed Orphan School buildings were designed by noted colonial architect, John Lee Archer, and were constructed by convict labour between 1831 and 1833. The buildings flank St John’s Church, built in 1834.
For nearly 190 years sections of the Precinct have been associated with the provision of welfare services for Tasmanians in need, including children.