All For Love: Part Three
The path to true love is seldom smooth. For many bi-racial couples in 1920s Sydney, it meant enduring society’s censure and even police scrutiny. Gladys Lowe had been living with a Chinese man for four years when she was caught with opium during a police raid in 1928. The raid was conducted in response to complaints by locals that white women and Chinese men frequented Lowe’s Darlinghurst house. At this time, rumours were rife of an underworld white slave trade in which young European women, plied with opium, were forced to provide sexual services to non-European men. No evidence of slavery was found, and Lowe was fined 10 pounds by the court for opium possession. She continued to live with her Chinese lover in defiance of neighbourhood disapproval.