Report on Female Factory

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
31 October 1839

Colonial Secretary’s Office,

Sydney, 20th October, 1839


His Excellency the Governor is pleased to direct that the general objects of the following Bill, about to be brought under the consideration of the Legislative Council, be published for general information.

By His Excellency’s Command,


‘A Bill to abolish the Transportation of Female Convicts and to provide for the more effectual punishment of Female Offenders within the Colony of New South Wales”

It is proposed—

  1. To abolish the transportation of Female Convicts from New South Wales to Moreton Bay or any other Penal Settlement.
  2. To substitute for Transportation the punishment of imprisonment with labour or solitary confinement.
  3. To extend the punishment of solitary confinement.
  4. To give to the Matron or Superintendent of the Female Factory in New South wales the powers granted to Gaolers in England by the Act 4 Geo. IV,  Cap 64.

See Original: “Advertising,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Thursday 31 October 1839, p.3