Report on Female Factory

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
18 July 1839

We copy the following notice from the Government Gazette, for the information of such of our readers who may be desirous of availing themselves of the services of the women confined in the factory. We have been informed that the work is completed in a very neat and serviceable manner, the working class being placed under the supervision of competent and strict superintendents:—”His Excellency the Governor directs it to be notified, with reference to the Notice dated 26th February last, respecting the taking in of Needle-work at the Female Factory, that work for the Factory will be received by the Superintendent of Hyde Park Barracks, and when finished returned from the Factory to the same person for delivery to the parties from whom it was received, by which arrangement they will be relieved from the necessity of delivering it themselves at Parramatta. All work so delivered at Hyde Park, must be cut out, and an exact inventory of the contents of every parcel delivered with it to the Superintendent. Payment also must be made to that Officer (or to the person properly authorised to receive it) according to the schedule of prices to be seen at Hyde Park, before any finished work can be delivered. All kinds of plain Needlework will be taken in, and executed in the best manner, including jackets and trousers. And work will still be taken in by the house steward at the Factory. Specimens of the work are to be seen, both at Hyde Park and the Factory, and also a variety of articles which are constantly on sale, including twine made from New Zealand flax, fruit-tree nets, and hammocks of the same, straw hats, &c.—By His Excellency’s Command, E. DEAS THOMSON.


See Original: “No title,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Thursday 18 July 1839, p.3