John Clay

Women At Sea

The Floating Brothel

By

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After the exuberance of the Sydney Olympics, it is easy to forget Australia’s murky convict past. This book takes us back to that time in the 1790s when transportation to Australia first began, its principal aim having been to relieve overcrowded gaols and deter crime in England. The floating brothel was the Lady Julian, part of the second fleet sent out to bring much–needed food and supplies to the new settlement. She left London in June 1789, with 237 female convicts on board. It took eleven eventful months for her to reach Sydney, thirteen thousand miles away.

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