Story: Lesbian lives

Boy Bertha

Boy Bertha

Bert Rotciv was the pseudonym of Bertha Victor, who dressed as a man in the early 20th century. Her biological gender was exposed when she was arrested for vagrancy in Sydney, Australia, in 1906. The case was covered by newspapers in New Zealand and Australia.

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Reference: NZ Truth, 5 January 1907, p. 5

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Alison J. Laurie, 'Lesbian lives - Cross-dressing women', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Alison J. Laurie, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 Aug 2018