Tuesday, 31 January 2006
The Floating Brothel by Sian Rees
This was a fascinating book that I bought from Waterstones in the Autumn of 2004.
The Journal Entries on Book Crossing are HERE
Now Timewatch on BBC2 on Fri 3 Feb at 9:00 pm is running the following programme.
The Floating Brothel In 1789, England's first all-female transport ship set sail for the other side of the world - the struggling penal colony at Sydney Cove. Timewatch follows three of today's high-flying Australian women as they trace their ancestry back to a mischievous prostitute, a little street urchin, a wheat thief - and the extraordinary tale of the "Floating Brothel". Reprieved from the death sentence, and free of the stench of London, these young women from the Georgian underworld made the most of their voyage on "The Lady Juliana". The boardwalks became catwalks as they turned to prostitution to ensure that they arrived in the desolate Australian colony fit, fat and rich. Unearthing diaries, court records and documents, their descendents reflect on their twenty-first century lives, and discover they have inherited not just their genes - but also the incredible entrepreneurial spirit of their forebears.