Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/21592
Title: Customary Behaviour Transported: A Note on the Female Factory Riot of 1827
Contributor(s): Kent, David (author)
Publication Date: 1994
DOI: 10.1080/14443059409387167
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/21592
Abstract: Early on the morning of Saturday 27 October 1827, a large number of the inmates of the Female Factory at Parramatta burst through the gate of the institution and poured into the town and the surrounding countryside. More than forty soldiers with loaded muskets and fixed bayonets were required to quell the disturbance, round up the escapees, and escort them back to their quarters. This was the famous Parramatta riot. When the men of the 57th Regiment had established order, the women were escorted back to the Factory 'shouting as they went along, and carrying with them their aprons loaded with bread and meat'. This episode is generally well known and has assumed a special place in feminist historiography, where it is treasured for its demonstration of female indomitability. What has escaped notice, however, is that this event was also a food riot and, as such, within a pattern of customary behaviour common in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Australian Studies, 18(40), p. 75-79
Publisher: Monash University
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0314-769X
Field of Research (FOR): 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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