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Christchurch crimes, 1850-75 : scandal & skulduggery in port & town, Geoffrey W. Rice

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Christchurch crimes, 1850-75 : scandal & skulduggery in port & town
Title
Christchurch crimes, 1850-75
Title remainder
scandal & skulduggery in port & town
Statement of responsibility
Geoffrey W. Rice
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Language
eng
Summary
While researching nineteenth-century Christchurch newspapers for another book, historian Geoff Rice was struck by the diversity of crime in early Christchurch, and the amount of detail in the court reports. Fascinated by what he was reading, he became diverted from the task at hand and set about writing this book instead: about crime and punishment in the first 25 years of Canterbury settlement. The stories are drawn from newspaper reports, with further detail added from police records and the court minute books. The events are contextualised by Professor Rice's extensive knowledge of the times. It is not an academic study; nor is it a work of fiction. Rather it is an attempt at evidence-based reconstruction of crimes and courtroom proceedings, opening a window on the lives and deeds of ordinary people who lived in this place over 140 years ago. History is usually written by the winners, and it is rare to hear the voices of ordinary folk from the remote past. Yet such were the shorthand skills of 19th-century newspaper reporters that courtroom testimony and cross-examinations were often captured verbatim, especially in the more sensational murder trials. Reading these reports one can almost hear the voices of the past. We catch glimpses of cabbies, shopkeepers, clerks and housewives going about their daily work, with descriptions of homes or workplaces, and the occasional fight in a pub. The stories are often dramatic and even sensational, sometimes horrifying, sometimes amusing, often rather sad. Their crimes mirror the difficult realities of colonial life.--Back cover
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
NZNB
Dewey number
364.109938309034
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Christchurch crimes, 1850-75 : scandal & skulduggery in port & town, Geoffrey W. Rice
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Christchurch crimes, 1850-75 : scandal & skulduggery in port & town, Geoffrey W. Rice
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 223) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Canterbury settlement -- Godley deals with the ungodly -- Run, Ronage, run! -- The Riccarton poisoning of 1859 -- The brothel-keeping policeman -- Rapes, stabbings and indecent assault -- Arson and murder in the 1860s -- The Monaghan case : murder of manslaughter? -- A magisterial miscellany -- Eliza Bennett : 'covered with blood' -- The London restaurant fire of 1870 -- Persistent offenders -- The Cambridge Terrace murder of 1871 -- Jane McLeod : death of a rowdy woman -- Assorted assaults and bigamies -- Deaths of children, 1875
  • Canterbury settlement -- Godley deals with the ungodly -- Run, Ronage, run! -- Riccarton poisoning of 1859 -- Brothel-keeping policeman -- Rapes, stabbings and indecent assault -- Arson and murder in the 1860s -- Monaghan case : murder of manslaughter? -- Magisterial miscellany -- Eliza Bennett : 'covered with blood' -- London restaurant fire of 1870 -- Persistent offenders -- Cambridge Terrace murder of 1871 -- Jane McLeod : death of a rowdy woman -- Assorted assaults and bigamies -- Deaths of children, 1875
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23 cm.
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232 pages
Isbn
9781927145395
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illustrations, PORTS
System control number
  • (Sirsi) HAS243306
  • (OCoLC)814706124
  • (Nz-Kotui)1378020
  • (Nz-Kotui)14382755
  • 14382755
  • (NLNZils)1578075

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