Mary Ann Huff

Convict woman incarcerated at the Parramatta Female Factory.


Police Reports

SATURDAY.— MARY ANN HUFF, assigned servant to DR. DALHUNTY, was brought before the Bench at the instance of JOHN MACDONALD, a free subject, who stated that she had purloined a yellow silk handkerchief and two ring dollars from him. It appeared, however, that JOHN, who was cook to DR. DALHUNTY, had been smitten with the charms of the fair Molly, and that more than on one occasion he had plied her with love, rum, and a promise of marriage, together with a present of 7 yards of stuff to make two bed gowns, and this latter he gave her no later than Thursday last. These temptations proved to be irresistible, so she surrendered to the roasting affections of the cook; but Moll’s passion turned out to be of a wayward description, and the hapless cook had to mourn over the frailty of this fair one. At length his regard for Molly, which had been warm and smooth as melted butter, became chilled, and he resolved on bringing her before their Worships for the aforesaid offences. When JOHN’s evidence had been taken, the faithless MARY wished to “ask a few questions.” “Ah! thou cook didst thou not make me a present of the very shawl which I have on?” “Go along with you!” said JOHN. “Thou cruel cook didst thou not promise me marriage.” “Go along with you, woman!” but here the cook was commanded by the Bench to answer MARY’s interrogatories, yet all was unavailing, for she was clearly proved to be an abandoned prostitute, and was therefore ordered to No. 3 Class in the Factory for 6 months, whilst JOHN was severely but justly reprimanded for his own indecent conduct.

See Original: “Police Reports. SYDNEY,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Wednesday 13 December 1826, p.3

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MARY ANNE HUFFE, servant by assignment to DR. DALHUNTY, was charged by her fellow servant with purloining from his person divers monies and a silk handkerchief to boot. The accused, who stood “like Niobe, in tears,” pleaded that the accuser had long been her cher amie, had at times shared her couch, and that for his multitude of bliss, the said property had become hers, through the gratitude of her generous admirer. A latent spark of jealousy appeared the actuating principle, and so thought the Bench. Still nought appeared in extenuation—the frail fair one was awarded six months’ factory diet and labour in the third class.

See Original:DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE,” The Monitor (Sydney, NSW: 1826 – 1828), Friday 15 December 1826, p.2


Sources

  • DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE,” The Monitor (Sydney, NSW: 1826 – 1828), Friday 15 December 1826, p.2
  • Police Reports. SYDNEY,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Wednesday 13 December 1826, p.3

Lists

# Convict

# Second Female Factory

# Year: 1826

# Third Class