Report on Female Factory

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
10 October 1839



Present—the Governor, the Bishop, Sir MAURICE O’CONNELL, the Colonial Secretary, Attorney-General, Colonel GIBBES, Messrs LITHGOW, CAMPBELL, BERRY, JONES, BLAXLAND, Sir JOHN JAMISON, and Captain KING.

His Excellency said he believed all the bills he had intimated his intention of presenting to the Council during the Sessions, had been presented except two: one was a Bill to enforce the registration of marriages and births, and the other was the Factory Bill, to provide a punishment for female offenders in lieu of transportation, which had been abolished since the abandonment of Norfolk Island as a place of punishment for them, and also to remove doubts as to the authority of the superintendent of the Factory to place refractory women in the cells on his own responsibility. Doubts had been entertained upon the subject, but he had never entertained any, it was certainly originally contemplated that he should have the power which all Gaolers in England have, of confining refractory prisoners in the cells.

See Original: “THE COUNCIL. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Thursday 10 October 1839, p.2