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Four architectural firms have been
shortlisted in the architectural design competition for a new History and
Interpretation Centre at the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site in South
The competition called for an
architectural design that will celebrate the significance and values of the
World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory and the contribution of convict
women throughout the history of colonial Australia to the present day.
Of the approximately 50 expressions
of interest received, around 20 were invited to put forward their designs. The
four shortlisted firms are WelshMajor
(NSW); Hector Abrahams Architects with Neeson Murcutt (NSW); Aileen Sage
Architects with Jean Rice Architects (NSW); and Liminal Studio (TAS) with
Chair of the Port Arthur Historic
Site Management and jury for the competition, Professor Sharon Sullivan, said a
new centre will provide visitors with more opportunities to engage with the
multitude of stories and complex layered history of the site.
“The Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is a Tasmanian
Tourism award-winning experience and one of the 11 Australian Convict World
Heritage Sites. It is absolutely critical that we maintain the remaining fabric
of the historic site and that we interpret it the best way we can to ensure
that the stories and contribution of these convict women are not lost, and that
their achievements are understood,” said Professor Sullivan.
The shortlisted firms will present their
final designs to the jury in October. The winning design will be one which
best embodies the principles, objectives and philosophy of the project and
engages with the extant fabric and heritage values of the site.
The design will be the cornerstone
of a $3 million dollar fundraising campaign led by high profile women, all of
whom have been first in their fields, including the first female Prime Minister
of Australia, the Hon Julia Gillard AC; former Federal MP, the Hon Fran Bailey;
former Premier of Tasmania, the Hon Lara Giddings MP; and Speaker of the
Tasmanian House of Assembly, the Hon Elise Archer MP.