Margaret O’Brien

Convict woman incarcerated in the Parramatta Female Factory.

Police Reports

MARGARET O’BRIEN, who had been put in custody by the Rev. J. J. TERRY, for highly reprehensible conduct in the street, in the afternoon of Saturday last, when in a state of inebriety, was brought up on Monday. In confirmation of the Reverend gentleman’s statement, it was observed by a Magistrate then presiding on the Bench, that he himself could bear ample testimony to the wretched woman’s depraved habits, more particularly in the instance of her child, a girl not above thirteen years of age; and whom it is to be apprehended the wretched mother encourages in a course of prostitution. The Bench sentenced the prisoner to three months’ confinement in the Factory, as the house of correction. In the meantime, the Bench intimated, that an application should be made on behalf of the unfortunate girl, towards obtaining her an assignment in the School of Industry.

See Original: “OFFENCES, CHARGES, &c,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Wednesday 26 April 1826, p.3

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MARGARET O’BRIEN, free, charged with being repeatedly in a state of intoxication, and suspected of taking her daughter and other young females up the country, for the purpose of prostitution. Three months to the Factory.

See Original: “THE POLICE. FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 1826,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803 – 1842), Wednesday 26 April 1826, p.3

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  • Note: The timing of this next incident suggests it might be a different Margaret O’Brien. Further research required, as the first Margaret would have still been carrying out her three month sentence in the Factory when the Margaret O’Brien below was brought before the Bench for a secondary offence while on assignment. Possibly Margaret’s young daughter.

MARGARET O’BRIEN, an assigned servant to Mr. CONNOR, Superintendent of the Prisoners’ Barrack, was next brought up on the complaint of her master, for impropriety of conduct. The nature of this alleged impropriety, the female exhibited in her proper person. She appeared in such a state “as ladies with to be, who love their lords,” but as this interesting object could not fix on any one to whom she might apply the term of husband, and order for admitting her within the Factory was without loss of time, signed and delivered.

See Original:POLICE INCIDENTS,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Wednesday 19 July 1826, p.3


# Convict

# Repeat Offender

# Year: 1826