1800 Three unnamed midwives are noted in the General Muster of 1800: two in Sydney and one in Paramatta.
1806 Three unnamed midwives are again mentioned in the Governor’s despatches of 1806, one convict, and two ex-convict.
1812 Free settler Jane Sims was appointed midwife at the colony’s General Hospital in 1812-1814.
1814 Convict Phoebe Norton was first listed as a midwife in the Paramatta census of 1814.
Ann Reynolds, nee Willis, arrived in Australia onboard the Mary Ann in 1791, and would be one of the 3 unnamed midwives noted in the General Muster of 1800. In March 1814 she attended the birth of Lachlan Macquarie, son to Elizabeth, with Dr Redfern.
Parramatta Female Factory
1833 Colonial Times, Hobart
To the Public. Mrs Wrathall, wife of Mr. Wrathall, butcher, Liverpool St., begs to inform her friends and the public, that she intends waiting upon ladies,, as a monthly nurse, during their confinement, and hopes, by the experience she has had (being the mother of a large family), that she will meet with encouragement.
1839 Arrival of Sisters of Charity from Ireland to Sydney
1847 The Inquirer, 7 July, WA
Mrs Studsor begs to notify to her friends and the public, that she intends to undertake the duties of a monthly Nurse; and having high testimonials of competency from the faculty, she confidently hopes to meet a share of public patronage. N.B. has no objection to the country.