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Policing colonial brisbane (university of queensland press, 2018)

The book offers a glimpse into the daily interactions of nineteenth-century Brisbanites; their experience of the city’s bustling street life; and an all to frequent run-ins with the police as told by the actions and words of the participants themselves. These are captured in sworn and expert witness statements as part of police and higher courts’ records, internal correspondence, newspapers and memoires. The book consolidates historical information regarding the main aspects of urban life in the Moreton Bay settlement and Brisbane between 1842 and 1901. Policing Colonial Brisbane follows ordinary patrol constables on the beat chronicling their experiences and observations, including an Irish lifer turned policeman; a detective constable; a prosecuting inspector; and finally men and women that found themselves on the wrong side of the dock. Several of the key narrative lines will focus on a career officer of the law, Chief Constable Samuel Sneyd, and a career criminal simply known as Dubious Durant, ‘a seasoned sinner’. Research for this book has been made possible though the Lord Mayor's Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History, Brisbane City Council.

 

A history of the dublin metropolitan police and its colonial legacy (Palgrave macmillan, 2016)

The book illuminates the neglected history of the Dublin Metropolitan Police – a history that has been long overshadowed by existing historiography, which has traditionally been preoccupied with the more radical aspects of Irish history. It explores the origins of the institution and highlights the Dublin Metropolitan Police’s profound influence on the colonial forces, as its legacy reached some of the furthest outposts of the British Empire, including Brisbane, Queensland and Toronto, Upper Canada. In doing so Anastasia Dukova provides much needed nuance and complexity to our understanding of Ireland as a whole, and Dublin in particular, demonstrating that it was far more than a lawless place ravaged by political and sectarian violence. Simultaneously, the book tells the story of the bobby on the beat, the policeman who made the organisation; his work and day, the conditions of service and how they affected or bettered his lot at home and abroad.