Unidentified Women

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
24 July 1829

The wives of two blacksmiths, both living under the same roof, having enjoyed a roaring row, came to lay charged before the Bench. In the course of their disputation plaintiff used the appellation “Irish b—h,” as a token of her respect for defendant, which she took in dudgeon and immediately returned the compliment by a blow, on which followed a rejoinder and a battle ensued, one of the fair pair bearing ocular demonstration of the fray on her “Os frontis.”

After a good deal of discussion the case was dismissed, the parties being assured that should they ever come before the Court in a similar matter, they would one and both go thence to the Factory, at which both appeared confounded and left the Court heartily grumbling.

See Original:POLICE INCIDENTS,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Friday 24 July 1829, p.3