A female, rather decently apparelled, came before the Police Bench on Saturday last, to make answer, touching and concerning her being a prisoner of the crown, illegally at large. The woman was young, and perhaps volatile. She said her name was MARY ANN ROBINSON; with this name a husband had endowed her, and with him she had resided at Port Dalrymple, up to the month of December last, when, to quote the young woman’s allegation, in consequence of the husband’s illtreatment [sic] towards her,
“True ’tis pity—and pity ’tis, it’s true,”—
she withdrew, absconded, fled far away from him and conjugal revelry, and found means to obtain a passage to Sydney by a vessel, which sailed from Port Dalrymple in the aforesaid month of December. The worshipful bench did lend a patient hearing to the defendant’s tale, but how did it behove them to act? They consigned her to the Factory—first class.
See Original: “OFFENCES, &c.,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848), Wednesday 11 July 1827, p.4