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The Women of Little Lon
October 19, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm$10
The Women of Little Lon: Sex Workers in Nineteenth-Century Melbourne
We are delighted that historian, Barbara Minchinton, will deliver our History Month lecture on this remarkable but little-known chapter in Melbourne’s history
Sex workers in nineteenth-century Melbourne were judged morally corrupt by the respectable world around them. But theirs was a thriving trade, with links to the police and political leaders of the day, and the leading brothels were usually managed by women.
While today a city lane is famously named after Madame Brussels, the identities of the other ‘flash madams’, the ‘dressed girls’ who worked for them and the hundreds of women who solicited on the streets of the Little Lon district of Melbourne are not remembered.
Who were they? What did their daily lives look like? What became of them? Drawing on the findings of recent archaeological excavations, rare archival material and family records, historian Barbara Minchinton brings the fascinating world of Little Lon to life.
Barbara Minchinton is a historian and independent researcher. For several years she collaborated with a team of archaeologists on the interpretation of artefacts from Melbourne’s Little Lon district. She is the author of a number of articles regarding the nineteenth century sex work industry in Little Lon, and The Women of Little Lon is the culmination of years of research and collaboration.
Attendance and Zoom details
This event was originally planned to be delivered both as a live event at the RHSV and through Zoom. However, now it will be delivered only as a Zoom event. The log-in details will be sent to you 24 hours before the event. For those attending by Zoom, the Zoom will start just prior to 6pm. You will have the opportunity too to put questions to Barbara.