The Wayward Women exhibition Uncovers the Lesser-Known Women of Melbourne's Past
Meet the "Brunswick Baby Farmer" and marvel at Australia's oldest condom at this dark and confronting glimpse into life in 19th-century Melbourne.
Discover Wayward Women?, a free exhibition at the Old Treasury Building, and meet some women who don't fit the stereotype of demure Victorian womanhood.
There are some familiar faces like Madame Brussels, the successful brothel-keeper and Frances Knorr, the 'Brunswick baby farmer'. But do you know 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 ten stories of life in the city that might make you view Melbourne differently!
Wayward Women? is presented by Old Treasury Building in partnership with Public Record Office Victoria.
Museum is closed Saturdays.
When & Where
Happens: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
Times: 10am-4pm Sunday to Friday
Venue || Location
Old Treasury Building Events 6 Events
⊜ 20 Spring Street Melbourne | Map
✆ Event: +613 9651 2233 | Venue: +61 (0) 3 9651 2233
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