The Parramatta Female Factory is a place of great historical significance, where thousands of convict women lived and worked between 1821 and 1847. It was a place of supervision, but also of protection from the male population of the colony. Ann Gordon was the Factory’s longest serving Matron, holding the position from 1827 to 1836. She was the highest paid woman in the colony and one of the few to wield significant power. As Matron of the Parramatta Female Factory, the decisions she made impacted the lives of a multitude of women, from whom it is estimated one in seven Australians is descended. Perhaps some of the women’s future successes, in a wide range of roles, can be put down to Ann’s influence.
This video focuses on Ann’s time at the Factory but also brings to light the lesser known aspects of her complex and fascinating life.