There were very few women aboard the First Fleet which sailed to Australia in 1787. Once settled in Botany Bay, it was decided that Governor Phillip contact the Home Secretary Lord Sydney to send out some women. It so happened that Newgate Jail was bursting at seams with women – murderers, thieves, pickpockets, drunks and prostitutes. The Lady Julian set sail in July 1789 with its reluctant cargo – this is the story of the voyage and how these unprepossessing women reinvented themselves and helped found Australia.
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