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Voyage of the Courtesans

  • Aired: 05/22/2007
  • 55:18
  • Rating: TV-PG
In 1789, more than 200 female thieves, prostitutes and con-artists rounded up from London's most prisons were shipped off to an Australian penal colony aboard a leaky vessel named the Lady Juliana. But once aboard, the women turned their banishment into opportunity, transforming their ship into a floating brothel on a journey that ended with the women as the founding mothers of Australia.
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Follow the racuous journey of the 18th century women who settled Australia
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