Commemorating the Female Factory Women in Reflection & Song - Parramatta Leagues Club

The Parramatta Female Factory is a non for profit organization whose aim is to preserve and inform the community at large about the history of Australia’s largest and oldest surviving women’s convict site.

Parra Leagues Director Joy Cusack and her husband John attended the Parramatta Female Factory Bicentennial Celebration on 21 February 2021 to commemorate this important milestone both for Parramatta and Australia’s history.

The event was MC’d by Gay Hendriksen (from Parramatta Female Factory Friends – PFFF), Tom Keneally, and his daughter Meg Keneally (both PFFF patrons). NSW Arts Minister, Don Harwin attended.

During the event, Cilona and Rosie McDonald performed “Mothers of the Nation”, which they wrote based on the Irish Celtic genre.  The song is part of the 1821-2021 Bicentenary Song Suite (4 songs) which was written and recorded for the celebration.

Joy was grateful she, along with her husband, was able to attend this event. They both highly recommend the song “Mothers of the Nation”. Joy remarked, “it is an excellent composition and tells the story of the various women of all colours, shapes, ethnicity that helped form Australia as we know it today.  Very well worth listening to!”