Bridget Smith

Convict woman incarcerated at the Parramatta Female Factory.

Police Reports

BRIDGET SMITH was next put to the bar, charged with a similar offence. The evidence brought forward in this case went to prove, that some months since, a robbery was committed in the house of G. ALLEN, Esquire, solicitor, and an inventory of the articles stolen was immediately forwarded to the Chief Constable; but some time elapsed e’re any thing transpired which was likely to lead to a discovery of either the property or offenders. At length, from some information given, a warrant was issued to search the house of the prisoner for stolen property. During the search of the constables, the prisoner was observed in the act of secreting a shawl about her person, it was immediately secured by the constables and brought to the office. The prisoner in attempting to account for the possession of an article, (which from its value,) appeared to be the property of some person in better circumstances than herself; stated, that it had been given to her by a captain of a vessel, whose name she mentioned, and called on a man then in the office to corroborate the truth of what she said, which he prudently declined doing, observing that the prisoner’s husband had offered him bribes to swear to whatever his wife should say. The prisoner was ordered to the third class in the Factory for a period of twelve months.

See Original:POLICE INCIDENTS,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Wednesday 18 October 1826, p.3

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BRIDGET SMITH was brought forward on a charge of having in her possession a silk shawl, the property of GEORGE ALLEN, Esq. It appeared that BRIDGET was a near neighbour, in fact, resided on the same premises as WHITEHEAD, who was convicted of the robbery at MR. MARR’s, and CLAPMAN, for reasons of his own, when making himself busy with WHITEHEAD’s concerns, though, as he was so near, that he might just as well pay BRIDGET a visit also. Accordingly, before his “purpose cooled,” and without sending any notice of his intention, he made his appearance in the residence of the aforesaid BRIDGET, who, while with prying eyes he searched each hole and corner, he perceived secreting something in her bosom. CHAPMAN, with less delicacy than that King of France, who employed the tongs to remove a shuttlecock from the bosom of a lady into which it had fallen whilst at play, immediately pounced upon the hidden treasure, which, upon examination, proved to be a shawl, that had been lost by MRS. ALLEN, some two months ago, and for the recovery of which a reward had been offered. MR. ALLEN appeared at the office and identified the property. BRIDGET stated in her defence, that it had been given her as a present by a Captain Somebody, who, however, unfortunately for her, was known to have left the Colony two or three months before the shawl was lost. Sentenced to the 3d class in the Factory for 12 months.

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

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BRIDGET SMITH was brought before the Court, charged with drunkenness, and that being enough to answer the intention of the complaint, the good nature of the witness left unsaid what might have been adduced. — BRIDGET was once the companion of “GIPSEY SMITH;” and indeed she is said to have a knowledge of palmistry; the wily talk of a “rich husband – a tall young man – new boots and spurs the first time you see him – black eyes – a gold watch” – and “ride in your coach,” are all as trite to her, as “God bless you, Mrs. FULLOON,” is to the matron of the Factory. — It came to BIDDY’s turn to “ride in a coach,” for she was so excessively drunk, she was obliged to be conveyed in a wheelbarrow from the public house whereat she was a servant, to the care of MR. GULLIDGE, at the watch-house. —She will have an eligible opportunity of telling fortunes during the next moon. Sentenced, one month to the 3d class at the factory.

See Original: “Police Reports. PARRAMATTA,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Thursday 15 March 1827, p.3


  • The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848), Wednesday 18 October 1826, p.3
  • Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Wednesday 18 October 1826, p.3


# Convict

# Second Female Factory

# Year 1826