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Issue Details: First known date: 1865... 1865 Memoirs of an Australian Police Officer
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Notes

  • Editor's note in The Australian Journal, 4 November 1865, p.156 states that 'Memoirs of an Australian Police Officer' will alternate in the weekly issues of the journal with the series 'Adventures of an Australian Mounted Trooper' and that 'these narratives will be of the most spirited description, and embrace the most extraordinary adventures and perils that have characterised the history of the colonies'.

    Stories in these series were published anonymously but the editor's note states that they are 'from the respective authors of The Shepherd's Hut ' and 'The Golden [i.e. Stolen] Specimens'", implying different authors. Some of the stories are attributed by Lucy Sussex to Borlase ( Sussex, Lucy, and Elizabeth Gibson. Mary Helena Fortune), and some were reprinted in his 1867 collection The Night Fossickers. However two of the stories in 'Memoirs of an Australian Police Officer' which first appeared in 1865 were reprinted in 1909 as part of 'The Detective's Album' series and appear under the name W.W. The story 'The Dead Witness' is considered by most authorities to be the work of Mary Fortune (Waif Wander or W. W.) and there are suggestions that Borlase may have plagiarised her work or that her work was used to cover a shortfall in Borlase's writing schedule.

    For a full discussion of this series, its authorship and the literary relationship between Mary Fortune and Borlase see 'Whodunit? : Literary Forensics and the Crime Writing of James Skip Borlase and Mary Fortune.'

Includes

The Dead Witness; or, The Bush Waterhole James Skipp Borlase , Mary Fortune , 1866 single work short story crime
— Appears in: The Australian Journal , 20 January vol. 1 no. 21 1866; (p. 329-331) The Australian Journal , February vol. 44 no. 1909; (p. 113-115) Dead Witness : Best Australian Mystery Stories 1989; (p. 1-16) The Penguin Best Australian Short Stories 1991; (p. 45-59) The Anthology of Colonial Australian Crime Fiction 2008; (p. 27-39) The Dead Witness : A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories 2011;
The Shepherd's Hut : Or, Tis Thirteen Years Since: Being Memoirs of an Australian Police Officer James Skipp Borlase , 1865 single work short story historical fiction
— Appears in: The Australian Journal , 2 September vol. 1 no. 1 1865; (p. 4-6) The Night Fossickers and Other Australian Tales of Peril and Adventure 1867; (p. 1-15)
Recounts the capture of escaped convict, murder and bushranger 'Dick the Devil' near Melbourne in 1852. (PB)
Traces of Crime Mary Fortune , 1865 single work short story crime
— Appears in: Project Gutenberg of Australia The Australian Journal , 2 December vol. 1 no. 14 1865; (p. 220-222)
Capture of an assailant of a female at Chinaman's Flat during the gold rushes. (PB)
The Missing Fingers James Skipp Borlase , 1865 single work short story mystery crime
— Appears in: The Australian Journal , 18 November vol. 1 no. 12 1865; (p. 185-187) The Night Fossickers and Other Australian Tales of Peril and Adventure 1867; (p. 16-30)
Discovering escaped prisoners. (PB)
The Madman's Tale James Skipp Borlase , 1865 single work short story mystery crime
— Appears in: The Australian Journal , 25 November vol. 1 no. 13 1865; (p. 1865) The Night Fossickers and Other Australian Tales of Peril and Adventure 1867; (p. 31-43)
Life story of recaptured escapee and madman. Contains description of transportation to Australia. (PB)
Mystery and Murder James Skipp Borlase , Mary Fortune , 1866 single work short story crime
— Appears in: The Australian Journal , 10 February vol. 1 no. 24 1866; (p. 376-378) The Night Fossickers and Other Australian Tales of Peril and Adventure 1867; (p. 226-239) The Australian Journal , January vol. 44 no. 524 1909; (p. 49-52) The Australian Short Story Before Lawson 1986; (p. 119-130) The Anthology of Colonial Australian Gothic Fiction 2007; (p. 31-44)
A ghostly murder tale. (PB)

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First known date: 1865
      1865-1866 .

Works about this Work

A Woman of Mystery Lucy Sussex , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crime Factory , no. 2 2001; (p. 15-16) Mystery Scene , no. 75 2002; (p. 24-25)
Whodunit? : Literary Forensics and the Crime Writing of James Skipp Borlase and Mary Fortune Lucy Sussex , John F. Burrows , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Bulletin , Second Quarter vol. 21 no. 2 1997; (p. 73-106)
This article comprises two sections - I. The State of the Case, by Lucy Sussex, and II. The Pattern of Internal Evidence, by John Burrows. Part I discusses the historical and bibliographical evidence of authorship of the two crime series, 'Memoirs of an Australian Police Officer' and 'Adventures of an Australian Mounted Trooper', first published in The Australian Journal in the 1860s. Part II reports on a computer analysis of selected stories from these series and puts forward evidence relating to the authorship of these stories by Mary Fortune, possible collaboration between Fortune and James Skipp Borlase, and alleged plagiarism by Borlase. The analysis of results is accompanied by detailed tables and graphs.
Whodunit? : Literary Forensics and the Crime Writing of James Skipp Borlase and Mary Fortune Lucy Sussex , John F. Burrows , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Bulletin , Second Quarter vol. 21 no. 2 1997; (p. 73-106)
This article comprises two sections - I. The State of the Case, by Lucy Sussex, and II. The Pattern of Internal Evidence, by John Burrows. Part I discusses the historical and bibliographical evidence of authorship of the two crime series, 'Memoirs of an Australian Police Officer' and 'Adventures of an Australian Mounted Trooper', first published in The Australian Journal in the 1860s. Part II reports on a computer analysis of selected stories from these series and puts forward evidence relating to the authorship of these stories by Mary Fortune, possible collaboration between Fortune and James Skipp Borlase, and alleged plagiarism by Borlase. The analysis of results is accompanied by detailed tables and graphs.
A Woman of Mystery Lucy Sussex , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crime Factory , no. 2 2001; (p. 15-16) Mystery Scene , no. 75 2002; (p. 24-25)
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