Anne Bedford

Convict woman incarcerated at the Parramatta Female Factory.

Police Reports

ANN BEFORD was brought up with a host of evidence accompanying her. She was accused with making use of those charms which nature had too bountifully bestowed, in captivating from the dwelling-house of Mr. GEORGE TOMLINS, sundry bank notes, silver monies, and other property.

The first to bear testimony to this elopement was Mrs. SELINA TOMLINS. She deposed that the prisoner was assigned from the factory (or nunnery) on Tuesday week to the service of Mr. JOHN BROUGHTON, a resident at Newcastle; and according to a previous arrangement, had been escorted to witness’s house, there to remain until an opportunity should occur of forwarding her to her service. On Thursday morning, she (Mrs. T.) requested this damsel to purchase some necessaries for her at the market. To this the latter consented, but did not appear until the clock had nearly told twelve. When she did return Mrs. T. was not at home. Soon after this the tardy marketer walked away, and had not since returned. Mrs. T’s. suspicions being excited from this unexpected circumstance, a looking glass drawer was examined, which exhibited “confirmation strong” of having been intermeddled with—several paper and silver dollars being minus. 

Mr THELL, who is in the habit of tending millinery by the year, inch or ell, remembered the personage in question, having come to his house on a Thursday, and inspecting some articles of finery. She eventually purchased a gown, a straw bonnett, and some other paraphernalia, amounting on the whole to two pounds eighteen and ninepence, which sum was laid down in Spanish dollars.

A—— SMART butcher, (or rather Smart, a butcher) deposed to his being present at a time when a publican in Market-street changed a twenty-dollar bank note for the damsel; and an operative jeweller had bartered a nice pair of ear-rings with her for exchange in silver at par. The prisoner was remanded.

See Original: “OFFENCES, CHARGES, &c,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848) Wednesday 5 April 1826, p.3

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FRIDAY MARCH 31. — ANN BEDFORD, prisoner per Almorah, who had been assigned from the Factory to the service of Mr. BROUGHTON, at Newcastle, and who for some days past had lived in the family of Mr. TOMLINS, of Pitt-street, until an opportunity should offer to forward her to Hunter’s River, was brought up on a charge of having yesterday morning availed herself of the absence of Mrs. TOMLINS, to enter on some frivolous pretence, into the bed-room, and that from the drawer of a looking glass, stole notes of the Bank of New South Wales to the amount of 180 Spanish dollars. Owing to the circumstances of suspicion, and to the prompt measures taken on the occasion, some of the notes were traced into the possession of several dealers of Sydney, to whom the prisoner had early passed them, and received shop goods and monies in exchange. The examinations were taken at great length, and all went so effectually to establish the guilt of the prisoner (who seemed to meet the charge with uncommon effrontery and indifference), that she as ordered to be remanded under very close confinement in expectation of a further discovery taking place.

See Original: “THE POLICE,”Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Saturday 8 April 1826, p.2

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This day ANNE BEDFORD, prisoner of the crown, who had been remanded since last week, in expectation that further light would have been thrown upon the case, by the discovery of some of the remaining Bank-notes she had stolen from the drawer of the dressing glass in Mr. TOMLIN’s bed-room, was finally placed at the bar, and the Bench proceeded to announce to her that she was sentenced to be sent to Port Macquarie, or such other penal settlement as His Excellency might direct, for the term of 3 years.

See Original:THE POLICE,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Saturday 15 April 1826, p.2

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A female named “ANN BEDFORD,” who had been remanded some days ago, on a charge of stealing a quantity of dollar notes, of the Bank of New South Wales from the dwelling-house of Mr. TOMLIN’s, was brought up from the gaol on Thursday. She underwent a strict examination. As the particulars of this robbery have appeared before the Public in a previous publication, they need no comment here. The prisoner, in her defence, attempted tomake it appear that she had received the money said to have been stolen, from an officer who had already sailed for India; but not being able to adduce any evidence in corroboration, she was sentenced to be transported to some penal settlement.

See Original: “OFFENCES, CHARGES, &c,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848) Saturday 15 April 1826, p.3

* Note: Ann Bedford was not transported to a penal settlement, as sentenced but was, subsequently, sent from the gaol “to the Factory.”

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ANN BEFORD runaway from the Female Factory, from No. 3 Class. Ordered to be returned thither, to wear a log, and the 25th regulation of the Establishment to be carried into effect.

See Original: “Police Reports. SYDNEY,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Saturday 18 November 1826, p.3


# Convict

# Second Female Factory

# Repeat Offender

# Year: 1826

# Third Class