This thread-starter was inspired by a review I read this morning of a new biography of Kate Leigh.
For those who don’t know, from the ‘teens of the 20th century through to the early 1950s, much of the trade in sly grog, illicit drugs, and prostitution was controlled by two powerful women:
These women were also intimately (in every sense) – especially Tilly Devine – involved in the razor gang wars of the 1920s and 1930s, which I remember both my parents mentioning sometimes when I was young (they both grew up pretty close to the matriarchs’ main area of operation – Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, and Woolloomooloo).
However, I didn’t know much about the razor gangs, or Mesdames Leigh and Devine, until I read this:
Interesting times – though, in reality, nothing has changed.
To more serious matters. As The Boss is away, I thought we might indulge in a little loucheness this weekend, so let’s hit the town!
Anything could happen . . . we could be raided
. . . have a few glasses of sly grog at the bar
. . . enjoy the *ahem* show
. . . or perhaps have a little flutter
Watch this space.