Police Report of UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, 23 June 1829

A woman per Edward, assigned to Mrs. FINCH, of Sydney, was brought up for insolence and disobedience of orders, which were carried to such an excess, that the mistress said, she was willing to turn her over to Government. The deluded woman was accordingly commanded to taste of factory fare and discipline for three months to come, with the frail ones of the third class, after which the Bench trusted she would learn the [illegible] of a comfortable situation, and how preferable it was to breaking sones on cold mornings.

The women by the Edward have gained a very bad name. Scarce a day passes but on, and sometimes two or three of the frail ones are had up before the Police for divers peccadilloes. Some do not feel disposed to draw water, and refuse duty; others “can’t” wash, and refuse duty, some “can’t” cook, and therefore refuse duty, some “can’t” sew, and refuse duty, whilst others “can’t” scrub, and refuse duty; but there are few to be found amongst them who cannot eat and drink, ay drink most readily, and sleep most profoundly. They will find their mistake out by and bye.

See Original: “POLICE INCIDENTS,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848) Tuesday 23 June 1829, p.4