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A tour of the Cascades Female Factory in Hobart, Tasmania

Sarah Maguire
August 8 2023 - 5:00am

Meet Ellen Miles, aka Bridget Brady, aka the Buzz Winker, aka one of the thousands of "notorious strumpets" who passed through the Cascades Female Factory in Hobart. Sent to Van Diemen's Land at the age of 13 for uttering counterfeit coin, after having appeared in English courts 29 times already, Ellen went on to live a long life in Australia of petty crime, minor celebrity and indomitable spirit.

Sarah Maguire

Sarah Maguire

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