Crooks: Frauds, Thieves and Coppers

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Crooks: Frauds, Thieves and Coppers

<p>With a colony started by convicts what can you expect but that Australia should have a colourful history of crime? From the forgers and blackmailers who became our earliest writers and architects,

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With a colony started by convicts what can you expect but that Australia should have a colourful history of crime? From the forgers and blackmailers who became our earliest writers and architects, to con artists who used the ocean as a barrier to detection, to the thefts and assaults of the goldfields, and on to false identities, swindles, hoaxes, and robberies, the story of Australia is a story of rogues and scoundrels. Yes, there are heroic coppers, but there are plenty of badge wearing police who are just as criminal as the ones they arrested.


COURSE OUTLINE
Con Artists

  • Aristocratic: The Tichborne Claimant, Viscount Lascalles, Jimmy Mann
  • Feminine: Mrs Livesey, Madame Caligari, Jody Harris Harding, Samantha Azzopardi

Frauds

  • Hoaxes: Lasseter’s Reef, Qantas bomb, Thomas Guthrie Carr, Louis Rougemont
  • Swindles: Robert Ross, John Friedrich, Fine Cotton, Laurence Hynes Halloran
  • Forgers: Henry Savery, Francis Greenway
  • Blackmail: James Tucker, Michael Robinson, Fergus Hume
  • Art: Easey Street
  • Literature: Ern Malley, Helen Demidenko

Thefts

  • Pickpockets: George Barrington, Ikey Solomon
  • Banks: Great Bank Robbery, The Postcard Bandit
  • Ships: Avoca robbery
  • Gold rushes

Corruption

  • Police forces: Night watch, Water police
  • Police chiefs: Wilson, Miles, Mackay
  • Superintendents: Cockatoo Island, Darlinghurst Gaol

Crime solvers

  • Black trackers
  • Lillian May Armfield
  • Frank Fahy (The Shadow)


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe some colourful crimes from Australia’s history.
  2. Outline some patterns of criminal behaviour from various eras.
  3. Outline the history of policing in New South Wales
  4. Discuss some characteristics of con artist behaviour