Report on Female Factory

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
8 November 1836

To the Editor of the Australian.

SIR—It is perhaps pretty generally known that, in accordance with the regulations on that head, persons obtaining assigned servants from the Female Factory at Parramatta, and non-resident at that place, are compelled to send for them through an agent, for whose agency they very naturally pay. On such occasions I have invariably sent for my servants through Messrs. WATSFORD and TITTERTON, the Parramatta coach proprietors; and on my employing MR. WATSFORD on a similar errand, a few days since, I was surprised to learn from him that MR. BELL, the Superintendent of the Factory, had received positive orders to send no more assigned servants to Sydney except by the steam-boat. Now, Sir, I will just venture to enquire through you, of those concerned, why the Public should be peremptorily forced to hire a certain conveyance, for the transmission of their servants, when for the expense attendant thereon they alone are chargeable? I will tell you, Mr. Editor, what the prevailing opinion is on this head—not that this positive order has emanated from His Excellency the Governor, but that it has issued through certain Public Officers of high standing, who, it is notorious, possess shares in the Parramatta steam-boat! Perhaps MR. BELL will condescend to explain from whom he received his positive orders, in order that clear light may be thrown upon this notorious Job.

I am, Sir,

Your obedient Servant,


November 7, 1836.

See Original: “To the Editor of the Australian,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Tuesday 8 November 1836, p.3.