Report on Female Factory

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
21 December 1843


Dr. BLAND presented a Petition with a thousand signatures attached thereto, praying for such alterations in the present system as may to the Council seem meet, in order to alleviate the distress which prevailed amongst the female working classes.

Mr. WENTWORTH, in seconding the reading of the Petition, thought that the employment of the inmates of the Female Factory in washing ought to be discontinued, as a great number of the Petitioners could be relieved by being engaged in the work done by them. He suggested that in order to keep the females in the Factory out of idleness, they should be engaged as formerly in the spinning of wool for the making of Factory or Parramatta Cloth.

Petition read and received; ordered to be taken into consideration to-morrow.

See Original: “LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. TUESDAY. DECEMBER 19, 1843,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Thursday 21 December 1843, p.3