CLOTHES MAKETH THE MAN
In the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy one October evening in 1863, The Great Eastern ran furiously down Victoria Parade in close pursuit by a policeman. Tackled, then handcuffed and dragged towards the nearby lockup, the prisoner finally confessed ‘I may as well tell you I am a man.’
This episode explores the power of clothing to make and break gender identity in the colonial world. Dead & Buried explores known early cases of men and women who cross-dressed, a practice more widespread than might first be assumed.
This episode contains coarse language and sexual references.
Carly Godden: host, researcher and writer
Lee Hooper: host and writer
Robin Waters: music and audio production
Dr Graham Willet
Honorary fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. President, Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives
Dr Mimi Colligan
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and Adjunct Research Fellow with the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University
Correction: Annie was born at sea in 1848 (not 1849).