Ship of shame
An antique wooden barque called the Success, rebuilt from an Indian trader into a sensationalist touring exhibit supposedly representing a British convict ship. The enterprising entertainers were keen to exploit the Australian public’s appetite for a gothic convict narrative fostered by the novel For the term of his natural life.
Lost at sea
Late November 1941 was a dark time for the Royal Australian Navy, with 2 major naval tragedies occurring within days of each other. The first is well known: the sinking of the HMAS Sydney by a German raider on 19 November with the loss of all 645 crew. Less well known is the sinking of the HMAS Parramatta just a few days later, with the loss of a further 138 lives.
I married an alien
London, September 1913. A young society lady from a stately country mansion falls in love with a handsome diplomat from the Turkish embassy. It sounds like a plot line from the hit British drama Downton Abbey … but it’s the real-life story of Victorian socialite Florence Winter-Irving.