Elizabeth James

Convict woman incarcerated at the Parramatta Female Factory.

Police Reports

WINDSOR. MONDAY, OCT. 16. — The business of the week commenced with MR. BAKER and ELIZABETH JAMES, the former complaining of the latter, his servant, that she had misbehaved herself, and had drunk too much choice wines and spirits. She is said to be a good servant in sobriety, but a termagant when tasting, and particularly sleepy when the doses are taking. She had a good place at the Royal Oak, a kind master and mistress; this was the first time she was brought to Court. Admonished at some length, and discharged…

TUESDAY, OCT. 17 — We regret to open this day’s proceedings with the same name as yesterday’s, to wit, ELIZABETH JAMES. When ELIZABETH went home yesterday, as a mark of degradation, she was ordered to eat her dinner with the other servants in the kitchen, from the bar of the inn, to the bar of the Police-office; and from that bar to the kitchen table, had wrought such disgust in the mind of the female, once called “ELIZABETH,” but now denominated “BETTY,” that she became petulent [sic], and repeated her doses, and was again removed to the gaol. BETTY is a bouncing healthy dame, and is said to be the wife of some honest lame man in Sydney, but that being able to work, she prefers going to service, to helping her hopping husband to walk, by the help of her arm, to her fist he might be more welcome. The sun shone with a brilliancy suited to her better clothing, and she was ordered to be placed in the stocks four hours, and then to be returned to the factory. It is a blessing to have a good property in the stocks!

See Original: “Police Reports,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Saturday 28 October 1826, p.3


# Convict

# Second Female Factory

# Year 1826