Report on the FEMALE FACTORY, 7 June 1833

PROVINCIAL INTELLIGENCE

BATHURST

BRANCH FEMALE FACTORY. — As far as the capabilities of this new establishment extend, it has been found to answer well, but it is much too confined and incomplete to attain all the objects for which it was understood to have been projected. The necessity of sending Female convicts up and down the mountains, with the carriers’ teams was highly objectionable, and had been repeatedly urged on the notice of the Executive before the Magistrates made an official representation on the subject, at length a small building was appropriated to the purpose, which relieves exactly one half of the evil complained of, but the necessity of sending the women to Parramatta for punishment still exists, which might easily be obviated by the moderate enlargement of the building, sufficiently to admit of classification. At present it is destitute of every convenience either for matron or prisoners. The immediate distribution of the first consignment of women and the increased demand for more servants, has induced the Government to order a second draught to be forwarded to Bathurst from the next ship that arrives in harbour.

See Original: “Provincial Intelligence. Bathurst,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Friday 7 June 1833, p.1