A girl sails steerage to make good in the boom-time colonies. The 1890s Depression hits. How does a young woman with a baby make a living? Minnie Thwaites, also known as Mrs Frances Knorr, aged 24, hanged at the Old Melbourne Gaol despite the pleas of the great and good. In her first major work since the 2002 opera 'Lindy', Judith Rodriguez recounts in vivid verse and lyrics the bleak tragedy of a woman trying to make good against the odds. As the Brunswick Baby Farmer, Minnie Thwaites ekes out a precarious existence by taking in the unwanted babies of other women. But there is something shocking about her business that has ramifications long after her death. This is a fascinating piece of true crime, compellingly told by one of Australia "s leading poets.