Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
7 November 1844
POLICE OFFICE.—The Court of Petty Sessions for the last week past has been, from the paucity of business, nearly a peace establishment. The dealing with some unfortunate prisoner of the crown for overstaying a pass, or one of the various ramifications into which the term disorderly conduct is twisted and tortured by overseers and constables, or the salutary treatment bestowed on individuals who had partaken at late suppers or rather too much pickled salmon, comprised the sum total of each day’s proceedings.
On Monday, however, the watch-house list presented an appearance which evinced a decided re-action in Police affairs. The justiciaries present were, the Police Magistrate, Dr. ANDERSON, and NELSON LAWSON, Esq.
MARY DAVIDSON, a female, whom, if the arts were at a premium in the colony, any limner desirous of obtaining a specimen of the Gorgon’s Head, would pay liberally for a sitting, was charged with being a pedestrian in the streets of Parramatta at unseasonable hours. MARY threw several of those expressive looks called sheeps’-eyes at the Bench, whilst she simpered out a denial of the frailties imputed to her; but their Worships not being in a lamb-like humour, and the Rogue and Vagrant Act containing certain enactments, which applied as if they were expressly made for her peculiar case, she had the benefit of them, by a 3 months domiciliation in the factory.
Female Factory Online, (femalefactoryonline.org), “Law Report of MARY DAVIDSON,” https://femalefactoryonline.org/law-reports/p18441107-2/, accessed [insert current date].
© Copyright Michaela Ann Cameron 2018