A man named MACDONALD was summoned yesterday before the Magistrates, for harbouring a prisoner of the crown. It appeared in evidence that the defendant, who is employed by Government to convey female prisoners to and from the factory at Parramatta, had received into his charge a woman who was assigned to the service of a person in Sydney, with instructions to take her to this service; he, however, failed to execute this part of his commission, rather choosing to take the damsel under his own immediate protection. This passed off for two or three months, when the original applicant began to iterate his claims for a servant;this led to a discovery, and the prisoner was found in defendant’s house. He was sentenced to pay a fine of twenty dollars.
See Original: “No title,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848), Friday 18 May 1827, p.3