Mothers of the Nation – A Contemporary Voice for Parramatta’s Female Factory Convicts

In a fitting tribute to past female lives, Sydney based musicians Rosie McDonald and Cliona Molins have challenged history, giving a contemporary voice to some 9,000 convict women who inhabited Parramatta’s Female Factory, 1821-48, a place of incarceration, hardship and loss.

The stories of these convict women are told through ‘Mothers of the Nation’, a song suite commissioned by Parramatta Female Factory Friends Inc. to mark the Female Factory’s bicentenary. The project began as a single song but, as Rosie and Cliona explored the histories of these women it soon expanded into the current suite of four songs. Songs revealing hidden truths and untold stories.

The above pics have links that reveal more about this exciting project. 

The Mothers of the Nation EP was launched on 26th Feb.  Rosie and Cliona are joined by Ann Palumbo, Jacqui McPhee and Nigel Lever plus guest artists. To learn more about the ensemble or to purchase the CD click on the above Mothers of the Nation pic.

Hear the band via this YouTube Link. Mothers of the Nation have upcoming gigs at the Gaelic Club, Surry Hills 24th April and Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Folk Club 16th July.

Pam Merrigan
About Pam Merrigan 3 Articles
Currently President, FFNSW. Previously Artistic and Managing Director National Folk Festival (8yrs). Experienced Artistic Director with a demonstrated history of working in the festival and music events industry. Skilled in Event & Festival Management, Social Media, and Music Industry. Worked successfully with a broad range of individuals, groups and organisations as curator, creative facilitator, performer and arts administrator. Strong arts and professional music background with a life long and passionate engagement with the folk arts in all their diverse forms. Performed in folk and trad. music bands including Coolfinn Mac, Coast Ceili Band, Bush Bandicoots (twice winners of National Battle of the Bush Bands, Tamworth Country Music Festival) and, Rum Culls. 20 years in music education both at secondary level and free-lance. Holds a MMus degree (UNSW).

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