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Reference to Australia day and the first three fleets is timely. I believe a book is to be released on February 8 about the "Lady Julian," a shipload of mainly women convicts who were sent to Port Jackson blatantly as "breeding stock" in the early days of the new colony. The book is THE FLOATING BROTHEL, by Sian Rees. It might be a useful genealogical source for those searching
back that far.
On the subject of Australia Day, growing numbers of Australians are coming to respect the celebration of this day as "Survival Day" by Australia's indigenous peoples. I raise this not to be controversial, but as an admission that sometimes, when we rummage among our ancestors, we find things we prefer not to know about. My wife had a female ancestor on the "Lady Julian"
(that tickles her enormously!) but has also discovered a participant in the Myall Creek massacre, a dark event in our history. There is a sense of needing to know about this so that the past can be "put right" by how we live today. To that extent, this isn't just a "hobby."
Ray Brindle, Central Victoria, Australia email@example.com
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