Report on Female Factory

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
12 December 1829


The Lucy Davidson landed her cargo of “ladies” on Wednesday morning at the dockyard, a majority of them stout, strapping, healthy young women. A good many were assigned away; others have been packed to the Factory. The gaol is now so amply filled with frail ones, that one of the strong rooms has been devoted as an additional place for their reception.

Female prisoners arriving here with children, invariably of late find the young ones snatched from their arms, and put into the Orphan School. If the infant be not of a very tender age, we know not but this may be a sort of mercy to both. The feelings of a mother, however, in the most abject stage, should not be overlooked, and we therefore think no infant should be so taken until weaned from the breast. The economy of the Orphan School, we also trust, is open to public investigation.

See Original: SHIPPING AND COMMERCIAL INTELLIGENCE. ARRIVED,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848), Saturday 12 December 1829, p.3