Show Notes: The Lady Juliana

Tracy Wilson

British ship being towed out of harbor before setting sail for Sydney, Australia. Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images

When listener Connie suggested we do an episode about something called the Floating Brothel, it sounded a little ... more fun than the real story turned out to be. During the early years of Great Britain's penal colony in Australia, there weren't enough women among the colonists. This was similar to the situation in Canada we discussed during our Filles du Roi episode. But, overall, the women who went to Canada as part of the Filles du Roi did so willingly. The women who went to Australia aboard the Lady Juliana (sometimes called the Lady Julian, or the aforementioned brothel nickname) were mostly convicted criminals. Most of them were being transported for incredibly minor crimes. Some were children. So, what was meant to be a bit of a breather after our Chairman Mao miniseries is instead, in places, quite dark.

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Episode link: The Lady Juliana

My research:

  • "Australia." Britannica School. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2014. Web. 28 Aug. 2014. <<a href="">>.
  • Carmichael, Jordan A. "From floating brothels to suburban semirespectability: two centuries of nonmarital pregnancy in Australia." Journal of Family History. Vol. 21, No. 3. July 1996.
  • Damousi, Joy. "Chaos and order: Gender, space and sexuality on female convict ships." Australian Historical Studies. Vol. 26 Issue 10. April 1995.
  • Lewis, Mark, director. "Secrets of the Dead: Voyage of the Courtesans." 38M Television. PBS.
  • Phillip, Arthur. "Voyage Of Governor Phillip To Botany Bay With An Account Of The Establishment Of The Colonies Of Port Jackson And Norfolk Island (1789)." From Project Gutenberg. 1789
  • Proceedings of the Old Bailey. "MARY WADE, JANE WHITING, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 14th January 1789."
  • Rees, Sian. "The Floating Brothel." Hyperion. New York. 2002.
  • Transcript of a Letter to Captain Hill. State Library of New South Wales:
  • Tranter, Bruce and Jed Donoghue. "Convict Ancestry: A Neglected Aspect of Australian Identity." Nations and Nationalism. Vol. 9, No. 4. 2003.

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