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Murder, Misadventure and Miserable Ends Murder, Manslaughter, Suicide, Mishap The Very Public Business Of Determining Death In Colonial Sydney.Murder In Colonial Sydney Was A Surprisingly Rare Occurrence, So When It Did Happen It Caused A Great Sensation People Flocked To The Scene Of The Crime, To The Coroner S Court And To The Criminal Courts To Catch A Glimpse Of The Accused.Most Of Us Today Rarely See A Dead Body In Nineteenth Century Sydney, When Health Was Precarious And Workplaces And The Busy City Streets Were Often Dangerous, Witnessing A Death Was Rather Common And Any Death That Was Sudden Or Suspicious Would Be Investigated By The Coroner.Henry Shiell Was The Sydney City Coroner From 1866 To 1889 In The Course Of His Unusually Long Career He Delved Into The Lives, Loves, Crimes, Homes And Workplaces Of Colonial Sydneysiders He Learnt Of Envies, Infidelities, Passions, And Loyalties, And Just How Short, Sad And Violent Some Lives Were But His Court Was Also, At Times, Instrumental In Calling For New Laws And Regulations To Make Life Safer.Catie Gilchrist Explores The Nineteenth Century City As A Precarious Place Of Bustling Streets And Rowdy Hotels, Harbourside Wharves And Dangerous Industries With Few Safety Regulations, The Colourful City Was Also A Place Of Frequent Inquests, Silent Morgues And Solemn Graveyards This Is The Story Of Life And Death In Colonial Sydney.PRAISE Catie Gilchrist Draws Back The Veil On Death In Nineteenth Century Sydney To Reveal Life Ordinary, Tragic And Hopeful David Hunt, Author Of Girt And True Girt

  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Murder, Misadventure and Miserable Ends
  • Dr Catie Gilchrist
  • 11 February 2019
  • 9781460755785

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10 thoughts on “Murder, Misadventure and Miserable Ends

  1. says:

    Henry Shiell was the coroner for metropolitan Sydney between July 1866 and January 1889 This book is about the inquests that were held during his long career In her preface to this book, Catie Gilchrist writes that Australian historians have not used coroners inquests in a detailed or systematic manner, and yet they offer a rich insight into life and death in the colonial city Because inquest records are so comprehensive, they allow us to peer into households, workplaces and personal lives, capturing glimpses of contemporary life that would otherwise be unavailable.I found this book fascinating The coroner s role was to investigate any death that was sudden or suspicious Sometimes such deaths were a result of murder, but often sudden death was the result of mishap A coroner must be available at all times In this regard the coroner is in a similar position to a policeman he is always on duty Catie Gilchrist has divided this book into six chapters, with a postscript including information about Henry Shiell The six chapters are entitled Murder Most Foul , Manslaughter , This Rash Act , Awful Accidents , Dreadful Dangers and Daily Life , and Women s Troubles.Reading through each chapter gave me some insight into both the coroner s processes and causes of death in colonial Sydney Some ...

  2. says:

    Really intriguing perspective of colonial Sydney I ve always found true crime fascinating and to finally find a book about it happening in my own city before the 20th century was great Some chapters were brilliant but others were a little scattered ran...

  3. says:

    Catie Gilchrist has written a remarkable book about Sydney s colonial past one that is often very gruesome and eye opening as it sheds a modern light on twisted gender rights of the past, the fraught justice system and the surprisingly dark and tragic life Sydney urbanites were once exposed to.

  4. says:

    This was great A history of Sydney s Coroners court.

  5. says:

    An interesting insight into life in colonial Sydney.

  6. says:

    I am not one for non fiction, but this was an interesting read Set in 1860s Sydney it revolves around the work of Coroner Henry Shiell and the numerous ways that people within the colony died

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