About the Show
In 1789, a boatload of streetgirls, thieves and con-women sailed to the ends of the earth to save a dying colony and redeem themselves. This is the bodice-ripping tale of The Lady Juliana and the unlikely founding mothers of modern Australia. Three modern women uncover the rags-to-respectability tale of their ancestors who sailed from England to Britain’s fledgling penal settlement in Sydney in 1789. With more than 200 other women, they were rounded up from England’s most notorious prisons and herded aboard the first all-female transport ship bound for Australia. As the ship criss-crosses the oceans for almost a year, at each port of call the women turn the boardwalks into catwalks and transform the ship into a floating brothel. These canny, spirited, resilient women – as their descendants discover – are able to turn their sense of enterprise into a passport to success in a harsh new world. Together, they will give the young colony hope, civilisation and something much more – the promise of a future.


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