A “jail book” featuring the details of the women who saved Australia from going totally gay – and the population dying out as a result – has surfaced. The 226 female prisoners, mostly prostitutes, were shipped from England to Australia (along with male prisoners) on the Lady Juliana, a.k.a. the “Floating Brothel,” in order to keep the men already there from turning to bum fun. From the Daily Mail:
“British authorities were worried about the sexual tension developing in the newly colonised country, with the all-male population becoming increasingly frustrated.
“So they organised for 226 women – mostly prostitutes – to be transported Down Under to stop sexual activity between the men male settlers and to populate the country.”
The book is going on sale at Sotheby’s and is expected to sell for 7,000 pounds.
So, I guess a big chunk of the population of Australia is related to one of these girls.
Neat piece of history. (Read more at the Daily Mail)