Pam's right; there was a female factory at Parramatta before 1818 but it
was very makeshift, a couple of rooms above the gaol. It was basically a
workshop for weaving wool and linen. Not all the women working there slept
in the 'factory above the gaol'.
There's a blog post about it here:
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 04:31:40 +1200
From: Pam Dowling <genie22(a)orcon.net.nz>
I think you'll find that the Parramatta Female Factory was
established long before 1818, although the foundation stone for a new
factory building was laid in 1818. Try Jen Willetts' excellent site:
At 11-08-14 14:58 +1000, Helen via wrote:
It seems that my ancestor, Mary Atkins, arrived per Minstrel in 1812
and having married in 1813 to James Burn was too early to be housed
in the Parramatta factory. It was established in 1818 I believe.
Book: *A Rebel Hand: Nicholas Delaney of 1798*