Elizabeth Banks on the Frances Charlotte
Grace Stevens on the Rajah
Ann Willis on the New Grove
Margaret Roberts on the Angelina.
The Female Factory was a prison. After it was built in 1828, the female convicts were all sent there upon arrival in Hobart. In the Assignment system the women who were well behaved on board their ship and on arrival were selected for service to households in the growing colony. The women who hadn't behaved so well were placed in second class, these women did all the sewing for the inmates, the staff and soldiers and also 'contract' sewing. The women who were badly behaved and/or committed another offence on or after arrival were placed in Crime Class. The women in crime class did all the laundry, for the prison, the hospital, the staff and also 'contract' laundry. The women could be put in crime class as punishment if they were accused of wrong doing after being put in service. Many women returned to the Female Factory pregnant after being placed on a property - many were assaulted during their assignments - they were given a sentence in crime class during the pregnancy and afterwards. Babies born to women in the factory were removed to the orphanage at 6 months of age, if they survived.
Grace arrived in 1841 and in the 1841 musters is listed as 'in service to J Archer Launceston' - so she must have been well behaved.
Elizabeth was returned to the factory a couple of times. On one occasion for being pregnant. There is no record of whether she delivered the baby.
http://www.christinahenri.com.au/ Christina Henri. Christina has been artist-in-residence at the Female Factory and created the Roses from the Heart convict bonnet project.
I'll share some more about this next time,