Alicia Bird

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
16 January 1844


There were only three cases on this day’s list. The first was a young lady of the name of BIRD, rejoicing in the euphonious Christian name ALICIA, who from long acquaintance with the rules and regulations of the establishment, was admirably fitted to give evidence before any Factory Discipline Committee that may be appointed. It appeared that Miss BIRD had, on the previous afternoon, sought for and obtained permission from her master (the Rev. JAMES WALKER, to be absent on business of vast importance to her (Miss BIRD) for a few minutes.

On her return home, at eight o’clock in the evening, Mr. WALKER, not being aware of any alteration having taken place in the present established division of time, and likewise being rather astonished at the elongation of a few minutes into some three or four hours spoke to the fair ALICIA on the subject, whereupon that lady—acting on the habits of the feathered tribe, that BIRDS, when flurried or disturbed, forsake their nest and fly—gathered together the few bits of things she called her own! Quitting Mr. WALKER’s establishment, becoming a walker herself. The next morning, CONSTABLE HOTHAM met her, and judging that Birds like her ought to be taken care of, caged her; and the Police Magistrate being of the same opinion, ordered her to the “Aviary,” provided by her Majesty, there to be kept for the space of two calendar months in the third class.

MISS BIRD, “Eagle” in disposition and spirits, soaring lofty as that Magnate of the tribe, not returning thanks in the style usually current in civilized circles on receiving favours, and further adding a few observations, which were certainly not very complimentary, and whose tenor if not forcible in words was strong in language, was adjudged the slight addition of ten days solitary confinement for contempt of Court.

See Original: “COUNTRY NEWS. PARRAMATTA,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Tuesday 16 January 1844, p.3