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About Madame Brussels
Caroline Hodgson (1851–1908), who will forever be known as Madame Brussels, ran a high-class establishment at 32–34 Lonsdale Street. Her proximity to Parliament House meant that she had friends in high places, who regarded her business as more of a gentlemen's club than a brothel. Popularly, her bordello was linked to the legendary disappearance of the parliamentary mace in 1891.
Historic reports reveal Victorian society's outrage when Hodgson escaped prosecution on several occasions. Described as Melbourne's 'high priestess of prostitution', she operated eight bawdyhouses in a career spanning 33 years.
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