According to the Sydney Gazette & NSW Advertiser, in March 1834, William Cox of Hobartville was assigned two male convicts, one a farm servant and the other a labourer. All through this fertile agricultural valley, the food-bowl for the burgeoning colony, from Richmond, to Castlereagh, to Windsor to Pitt Town, the landed gentry and small stake-holders, were being assigned the scum of the old continent to work their fields, run their households, and augment their own skills and efforts.
Australia prides itself on being a classless society, of being the land of the fair-go, of treating all men equally. AFTER they had served their sentence. Governor Lachlan Macquarie had been at the forefront of this push for the redemptive power of the second chance. And that is what got him into so much strife with the landed gentry throughout his term of service (1810 - 1821). Especially with the likes of John Macarthur.
But the pages of the Sydney Gazette are testamemnt to the ongoing use of convict labour in the colony throughout the tenure of William Cox (the younger) at Hobartville, in Richmond.