Report on Female Factory

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
6 March 1835

Formerly, the arrival of a dozen females would have set all the Colony on the qui vive —but now, the arrival of the Duchess of Northumberland, with two hundred and forty-nine, scarcely excites an enquiry. It must not be understood that females are so abundant that they may stand a chance of ‘blushing unseen’ at their quarters at the Bazaar, for weeks, without being sought for; but the fact is, that the Colonists have been so miserably disappointed in the article hitherto sent out—and so completely despair of obtaining better so long as the “Emigration Committee” go on their present plan—that they scarcely venture to ask for a housemaid, far less a dairymaid, for fear of being saddled with a damsel whose knowledge of the duties of such offices may be comprised in the small compass of –nothing! It is said, however, that this last arrival has brought some real country girls, who may be expected to be of rather more use than the town-bred ladies who have hitherto alone honored us with their presence. We hope it is so. The Laytons, Bussorah Merchants, and David Scotts, know as much about a lion as they do about a cow; —and would probably be puzzled to tell which looked the most like mutton—a sheep or a Newfoundland dog!

See Original: “Domestic Intelligence,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848), Friday 6 March 1835, p.2.