What’s on at the Factory?

Foundation Day 2021

The Parramatta Female Factory Friends now have a home onsite at the Parramatta Female Factory. When you arrive at 5 Fleet Street Parramatta you will see the factory sign, and the bicentennial commemorative wall. Our rooms are located in the 1821 Greenway – Matron’s Quarters and Administration Building.

For inquiries and all bookings please contact us at: parramattafemalefactoryfriends@gmail.com

The Parramatta Female Factory Friends

  • Run Special events. Our annual celebration is the iconic ‘It’s a Riot’ Day in October each year. This is a day for members to gather, visitors to explore the site on our pre-booked tours, see our special collections, visit the Research Centre, attend a presentation, or sit down with some refreshments where descendants can catch up with each other and share information.
  • We provide booked tours of the Parramatta Female Factory, the earliest surviving convict women’s site in Australia. Simply email us at parrmattafemalefactoryfriends@gmail.com with a request which is sent to our Tour Coordinator. See our Tours tab for more information.
  • We can, by emailing us, give Talks for community organizations on different topics relating to the Parramatta Female Factory and the Female Factory System as well as related topics.
  • We have an Exhibition about the Parramatta Female Factory in our new rooms located in the 1821 Greenway – Matron’s Quarters and Administration Building, which is open for Special Events.
  • The Parramatta Female Factory Friends Research Centre and Babbette Smith Library Collection will be officially opening in 2024.
  • Members and the general public can attend our General Meeting at 2pm every second month on the third Friday (February, April, June, August, October and December).
  • We have a Speakers Program every General Meeting with an entry fee that is booked through Eventbrite. Please check Facebook for the latest details and book early as they are usually sold out. Please note that our AGM is always in August so there is no speaker program for this meeting. Those who do not wish to attend the speakers program may turn up at 2pm.
  • 1:00 Speaker Program
  • 1.45 Afternoon Tea
  • 2:15 General meeting

25 May 2024

18 May 2024

Heritage Day 18 May 2024 and all the festivities running till 25 May 2024

19 April 2024

16 February 2024

20 October 2023

29 September 2023

15 July 2023

16 June 2023

20 May 2023

13 May 2023

21 April 2023

10 March 2023 – IWD – Open Day at PFF

17 February 2023

Foundation Day on 13 November 2022

It’s A Riot – Riot Day on 28 October 2022

The Annual Riot Day Flyer for 2022 with the Event Schedule

October 2022

June 2022

April 2022

Upcoming Events

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