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Title Voyage of the Courtesans [(DVD) videorecording] / written and directed by Mark Lewis ; a Film Australia/Essential Viewing production for Thirteen/WNET, New York in association with ABC and BBC.

Publication Info. [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video, [2005]
Location Call No. Status
 Nichols Adult DVD Nonfiction  994.02 VOY    AVAILABLE
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Description 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details DVD, widescreen presentation, stereo.
Language Closed-captioned.
Performer Liev Schreiber, narrator.
Credits Executive producer, Film Australia: Mark Hamlyn; Executive producer, Essential Viewing: Chris Hilton.
Karin Steininger, editor.
Note Based on the book, The floating brothel by Sian Rees.
An episode of the television program Secrets of the dead.
For specific features see interactive menu.
Contents Introduction -- The founders of Australia -- Trouble at home and abroad -- Newgate and its prisoners -- Freedom on the Lady Juliana -- Industry aboard the ship -- Arrival, and a future, in Australia.
Audience Not rated.
Summary "In the spring of 1789, a ship left port in London bound for the Botany Bay penal colony in Australia. The ship carried precious cargo - women, sent to keep the desperate male colonists from engaging in what their governor called 'gross irregularities.' But these women were hardly quiet homemakers - they were a hardy raucous lot rounded up from London's notorious Newgate prison and other jails around the country, and they did not submit quietly to their forced voyage and the rough life they knew was ahead. Once aboard the Lady Juliana, these destitute convicts -- thieves, prostitutes and con artists -- turned their banishment into opportunity, setting up a business before they arrived in Botany Bay. As they traveled from port to port en route to Australia, many offered themselves to sailors from other ships. With liquor flowing and bodices bursting, they took control of their destinies, and eventually arrived in Australia, healthy and ready to take on the new world. Voyage of the Courtesans brings to light the true story of the voyage of Lady Juliana. The film will delve into the history with the help of these ladies modern-day descendents. The audience will follow as these women uncover their pasts, unearthing the truth about their spirited ancestors, and comparing themselves to the women of the Lady Juliana, who managed to play the tough cards they were dealt into an unexpected winning hand" - - From cover.
Subject Women prisoners -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century -- Videodiscs.
Female offenders -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century -- Videodiscs.
Convict ships -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century -- Videodiscs.
Penal transportation -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century -- Videodiscs.
Penal colonies -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century -- Videodiscs.
Penal colonies -- Australia -- New South Wales -- History -- 18th century -- Videodiscs.
Genre Documentary television programs Videodiscs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Lewis, Mark.
Schreiber, Liev.
Steininger, Karin.
Hamlyn, Mark.
Hilton, Chris.
Film Australia Pty Limited.
Essential Viewing.
PBS Home Video.
Added Title Secrets of the dead (Television program)
ISBN 079369079X
Standard No. 841887005807
Music No. SEDE653 PBS Home Video
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