Report on Female Factory

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
28 April 1842


It has in all civilized [sic] countries been a matter of enquiry as to the cause of the excess of loquacity, and infirmity of temper displayed by the female over the male sex. Philosophers, physicians, and philanthropists have eruditely discussed this interesting phenomenon, but the result of their recondite disquisitions has been little more than the establishment of the fact. By way of illustration, however, we would quote for their benefit the observation of a learned counsel in the case of the captain of the Carthaginian, who, speaking in the coolest manner, of the unrestrainable, unconquerable power of tongue and temper appertaining to women, said, that if such was not too truly and unfortunately felt to be the case, the returns of the Female Factory would be sufficient confirmation of it, as by those returns an average of from 800 to 1000 females was constantly shown: such average being caused by that refractory spirit, which, in women, can neither be repressed nor controlled.

See Original: “FEMALE IRASABILITY,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Thursday 28 April 1842, p.2