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Secrets of the Dead - Voyage of the Courtesans - In 1789, more than 200 female thieves, prostitutes, and con artists were rounded up from London’s most notorious prisons and shipped off to an Australian penal colony aboard a leaky vessel named the Lady Juliana. For the English government, the convicts had two uses: to prevent the starving and isolated male colonists from engaging in “gross irregularities,” and to act as breeding stock for the troubled outpost. But once aboard, the wily women turned their banishment into opportunity, transforming their ship into a rowdy floating brothel.

By the time they reached Sydney Cove, they were fit and healthy, and some had even amassed enough money to support themselves. Instead of an assured life of servitude, they took control, and — along with their offspring — helped guarantee a new world’s future.

Using intensive research and long-hidden historical records, SECRETS OF THE DEAD: “Voyage of the Courtesans” intertwines current investigations with actual details of the voyage of the Lady Juliana. Three 21st-century Australian women — each of their great-great-great-great-great grandmothers had been a convict in Georgian England — discover the startling story of their ancestors. Helen Phillips, a senior Anglican minister for the diocese of Tasmania, is a descendent of a prostitute named Rachel Hoddy. Delia Dray, a sheep farmer and senior government horticulturalist, traces her lineage back to Ann Marsh, who was convicted of stealing a bushel of wheat. Meagen Benson, a successful bank communications manager, descends from destitute street urchin Mary Wade, who was sentenced to death for stealing a child’s clothes in a public place.

How did Rachel Hoddy, Ann Marsh, and Mary Wade find themselves on a prison ship banished to the ends of the earth? What became of them once they reached Sydney Cove? Providing information from archived documents, detailed records and excerpts from the memoir of Lady Juliana steward John Nicol, and historians’ accounts, SECRETS OF THE DEAD: “Voyage of the Courtesans” follows the modern-day women as they return to the scenes of their ancestors’ crimes in London and discover how these derelict convicts became the founding mothers of Australia.

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wjl1015

Good night Clive :))

CJ45

Nor me Sir Joe, but must go to bed now have to be up for 5am as the boys from work are going to pick me up from home and drive me to work in the dark so exciting. so good night to you.

wjl1015

Me too Clive!! Would have it no other way :))

CJ45

Ha, Ha, Sir Joe, I still live with one of them and still go to bed with her. LOL!!!

wjl1015

I've always gotten along well with strong women :))

irisriver

Yay for stron people both men and women and the human spirit!

farrell

Me too! ♥ ("hey" pasta!) :)))

pasta

Glad to hear it Joe ;o))

wjl1015

Much better :))

farrell

Me too!!! ...hope you're having a better day Joe! :)

wjl1015

I love strong women!!

farrell

My pleasure Brighty! :) "Strong, resilliant women" Yay!!! :)

brightspark

what an amazing story ----- love it!! thanks for finding it for us xxxxx ♥

farrell

Hi Clive & Iris...glad you liked the post. ♥ Clive, you really don't have to apologize for the British Gov.t's actions (LOL!) I think every government on the planet has done some pretty horrible things...including ours! I will check out your link in a few days, my sister & family on their way from airport now! If, I'm not on jigidi for a few days...that's why! ~~ Hope you both have a great week!

irisriver

Nice picture and great history!

CJ45

"Biteer" should have said Bitter. and yes I did watch the film Thank you Lori amazing women.
I am still sad from our government of years passed and I can assure you it would not happen today.!!

CJ45

HI Lori, You have given me a history of my country that I have not know about. Here is another harrowing true story of young Britons sent to the ends of the world which has a biteer ending to this day. the link.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/the-shameful-secret-of-britains-lost-children-tens-of-thousands-of-child-migrants-were-sent-abroad-1484622.html

For more information and BBC coverage type in; orphaned children sent to Australia by the British government.
Really appalling.

farrell

I just LUV YA" Bev! ♥ (Fri 11/4 @ 3:07pm)

LOL

farrell

Absolutely Bev! She did become an entrepreneur too! :)))

Wow and Wow...Heidi Fleiss , could be a descendant of any one of these ladies. Ya think?
11-04-16...9:10 a.m.

wjl1015

I hope so too!! Sleep well :))

farrell

I mainly put it on bc I thought the narration would put me to sleep after that great Cubs game - then..I HAD to know how it ended...up all night. I may check-out early tonight. Hope you can get some sleep & fell better tomorrow! Night night.

wjl1015

I was joking, of course I will watch!

farrell

No, no..definitely watch! :) These woman take control ! (sorry) :))))

wjl1015

@liz_F

wjl1015

Now I don't need to watch, I know how it ends!!! hehe

farrell

My pleasure Bob & Joe...and that is what happens! One woman is now a minister and her ancestor was a prostitute on this ship...(spoiler alert) ...great ending. :)

wjl1015

Great info!! Love it :)) I'll watch the video tomorrow. Thanks Lori!!!!!

Hismorts

Wow. extremely interesting and an awesome picture to go with it! Can you imagine finding out that one of your ancestors became a woman of power in Australia because she was convicted of being a prostitute in England? Again, truth is stranger than fiction. Thanks Lori!!! This is really cool!

farrell

My pleasure pasta! Great story about extremely strong women! Loved it.

pasta

What fabulous information to go along with this beautiful puzzle. Thanks ♥♥♥

farrell

I watched this last night, couldn't sleep after that fantastic Cubs game! :)

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