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Book - J.B.Castieau, 'The Reminiscences of Detective-Inspector Christie', circa 1915 Object Reg. No: HT 24743

First Edition of The Reminiscences of Detective-Inspector Christie by J.B.Castieau and published by George Robertson & Co, Melbourne, circa 1915. The book documents the reminiscences of customs detective John Christie. John Christie arrived in Melbourne at the age of 18, ready to try his luck in the world. He worked on the goldfields, but made more money in the boxing ring. He joined the police force as a detective, gaining fame for his use of disguise to make arrests. Then he was accused of using dubious police techniques and forced to resign. In 1884, at 39 years old, Christie joined Customs as a labourer on the wharf, but quickly rose through the ranks to become a detective, searching ships for smuggled goods. Within a few years he held the senior position of Inspector of Liquor and Excise. John Christie was forced to retire in 1910, following injuries he received in a fight with knife-wielding opium smugglers on Melbourne's docks. He died in 1927.
Book with hard red cover, 240 pages. Title printed in gold lettering on front cover and spine. The book is divided into four parts and 25 chapters. There are several photographs, primarily of Christie in 'disguise', throughout the book.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 190 mm (Height), 125 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, customs houses, crime, police
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: GOVERNANCE
Secondary Classification: Customs & Excise
Inscriptions: Book cover title: Detective Christie/Reminiscences
Book spine: Reminiscences of Detective Christie/Illustrated
Front page: The Reminiscences of Detective-Inspector Christie/Related by J.B. Castieau/George Robertson & Company/Propty. Ltd./Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and London
Author: J. Castieau, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1915
Publisher: George Robertson & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1915
Person Named: Detective John Christie

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