Law Breakers and Mischief Makers: 50 Notorious New Zealanders

Front Cover, Nov 29, 2010 - 284 pages
New Zealand was supposed to be a model society at the end of the world, a utopia for 'men and women of good character' who were willing to work hard for a better life. And, for most, so it proved. But this book is about the others - the misfits, the swindlers, the fallen women, the love rats, the escaped convicts, the hoaxers, the charlatans, the highwaymen, the mass murderers - from the earliest days of European settlement to the present day. Law Breakers and Mischief Makers gives the scandalous details of those who've made a name for themselves in New Zealand for all the wrong reasons. Take for example, Charlotte Badger, a pistol-wielding English thief who launched a mutiny on a Tasmanian convict ship in 1806 and sailed over to hide among the Maori of the Bay of Islands, and Amy Bock, a con woman who masqueraded as a wealthy man to marry the daughter of her landlady in 1909.Some of the people featured in this book are monsters, some are merely rascals, but all make fascinating reading. A lot of the people featured in it have somewhat disappeared into the mists of time and readers will be surprised at the shady characters in this country's past.

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This book was ok for a time-killer and you've got nothing else to read but could have been better. It has a good mix of stories but they are quite short and can be low on facts leaving you wanting to ... Read full review


Amy Bock 18591943
Abraham Walley Mahomed Salaman 1886? 1941
Murray Beresford Roberts 19191974
Milan Brych 1939
Maketu c18261842
Joseph Burns? 1848
Richard Burgess 18?66
66 John Caffrey c185087
125 Marty Johnstone 19511979
Edward Gibbon Wakefield 17961862
Baron Charles de Thierry 17931864
James Macandrew 1819? 1887

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Bronwyn Sell is an author who also arites as Brynn Kelly and finalled in the ultra-competitive Golden Heart awards 2015 for unpublished romance manuscripts with her romantic suspense, Deception Island. The awards ceremony will be held in New York in July 2015.

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