Meet some women who don't fit the stereotype of demure Victorian womanhood in 'Wayward Women?'.
There are some familiar faces like Madam Brussels, the successful brothel-keeper, and Frances Knorr, the Brunswick baby farmer. But have you heard of Beatrice Phillips, 'the worst woman in Melbourne', who was convicted for various offences over 227 times? Or Brettena Smyth, an early feminist who sold contraceptive devices from her druggist shop in North Melbourne while campaigning for votes for women?
Some of these stories might shock you, but they caught the eye of social reformers who, in time, improved the position of all women.
Explore these stories of life in the city that might make you view Melbourne differently.
Presented by Old Treasury Building in partnership with Public Record Office Victoria.
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