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The Dead Witness; or, The Bush Waterhole single work   short story   crime  
Is part of Memoirs of an Australian Police Officer James Skipp Borlase , Mary Fortune , 1865 series - author short story The Detective's Album Mary Fortune , Hugh Dalmore , Rex Grayson , A. C. Eiseman , M. Joseph Lynch , 1865 series - publisher
Issue Details: First known date: 1866... 1866 The Dead Witness; or, The Bush Waterhole
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Notes

  • Memoirs of an Australian Police Officer, 5.
  • First published anonymously but attributed by most authorities to Mary Fortune although most of the series to which it belongs was written by James Skipp Borlase.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Australian Journal vol. 1 no. 21 20 January 1866 Z626512 1866 periodical issue 1866 pg. 329-331
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Australian Journal vol. 44 February 1909 Z626514 1909 periodical issue 1909 pg. 113-115
    Note: Appears as part of 'The Detective's Album' series by W. W. (Waif Wanderer).
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Dead Witness : Best Australian Mystery Stories Stephen Knight (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1989 Z100512 1989 anthology short story crime mystery Ringwood : Penguin , 1989 pg. 1-16
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Penguin Best Australian Short Stories Mary Lord (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1991 Z307411 1991 anthology short story extract humour satire crime historical fiction (taught in 1 units) Ringwood : Penguin , 1991 pg. 45-59
    Note: Attributed by Mary Lord to Mary Fortune.
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Anthology of Colonial Australian Crime Fiction Ken Gelder (editor), Rachael Weaver (editor), Carlton : Melbourne University Publishing , 2008 Z1519666 2008 anthology short story crime

    'From the editors of The Anthology of Colonial Australian Gothic Fiction comes this fascinating collection of disturbing mysteries and gruesome tales by authors such as Mary Fortune, James Skipp Borlase, Guy Boothby, Francis Adams, Ernest Favenc, 'Rolf Boldrewood' and Norman Lindsay, among many others.
    In the bush and the tropics, the goldfields and the city streets, colonial Australia is a troubling, bewildering place and almost impossible to regulate—even for the most vigilant detective.
    'Ex-convicts, bushrangers, ruthless gold prospectors, impostors, thieves and murderers flow through the stories that make up this collection, challenging the nascent forces of colonial law and order. The landscape itself seems to stimulate criminal activity, where identities change at will and people suddenly disappear without a trace.
    'The Anthology of Colonial Australian Crime Fiction is a remarkable anthology that taps into the fears and anxieties of colonial Australian life.'  (Publication summary)

    Carlton : Melbourne University Publishing , 2008
    pg. 27-39
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Dead Witness : A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories Michael Sims (editor), London : Bloomsbury , 2011 8793493 2011 anthology short story

    A collection of nineteenth-century detective fiction. Only one story–'The Dead Witness', from which the collection takes its name–was written by an Australian author.

    London : Bloomsbury , 2011

Works about this Work

Some Early Australian Storytellers and Their Tales Bruce Bennett , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Caring Cultures : Sharing Imaginations : Australia and India 2006; (p. 6-12)
Bennett's article provides a brief survey of some of the earliest Australian short stories, from the 1820s to the 1870s, giving a sense of the 'lively and engaging storytelling' of early colonial Australia (11).
Mary Fortune and the First Detective Story Lucy Sussex , 1991 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 125 1991; (p. 47)
Some Early Australian Storytellers and Their Tales Bruce Bennett , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Caring Cultures : Sharing Imaginations : Australia and India 2006; (p. 6-12)
Bennett's article provides a brief survey of some of the earliest Australian short stories, from the 1820s to the 1870s, giving a sense of the 'lively and engaging storytelling' of early colonial Australia (11).
Mary Fortune and the First Detective Story Lucy Sussex , 1991 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 125 1991; (p. 47)
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