Convicts: Life in the colony

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Index Female Factory Parramatta, 1826-1848

How to use Index Female Factory Parramatta, 1826-1848

Only in the Library You can use Index Female Factory Parramatta, 1826-1848 when you are in the Library. Can't come to the Library? Contact us.

How to find out about female convicts and their children


Request the Index Female Factory Parramatta 1826 to 1848 from the Family History desk on Lower Ground 2 of the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room


Find the name of the person you are looking for in the index and note the details from the index. The index is arranged alphabetically by last name over two microfiche.


Armsworth, Ann (Dau. Nancy c.5yrs to Orphan School)










Use the details from the index to locate the original records at State Archives & Records NSW.

About the Female Factory

The Female Factory at Parramatta was originally built in 1804 and replaced with a more substantial barracks in 1821.

The factory acted as a workhouse, gaol and holding area for newly arrived female convicts and their children.

Female convicts assigned here were engaged in activities such as spinning and carding, and even hard labour such as breaking rocks.

About the index

The index has been compiled from the Colonial Secretary's papers and other records held at State Archives & Records NSW. It covers female convicts and some of their children who lived at the Factory between 1826 and 1848.

Records before 1826

You can find Female Factory records before 1826 by searching the Index to the Colonial Secretary's Papers on the State Archives & Records NSW website. Use keywords 'Parramatta' and 'Female Factory' to narrow your search.