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The Resource Australian desperadoes : the incredible story of how Australian gangsters terrorised California, Terry Smyth

Australian desperadoes : the incredible story of how Australian gangsters terrorised California, Terry Smyth

Label
Australian desperadoes : the incredible story of how Australian gangsters terrorised California
Title
Australian desperadoes
Title remainder
the incredible story of how Australian gangsters terrorised California
Statement of responsibility
Terry Smyth
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Coves - San Francisco's first organised-crime gang - were Australians- men and women with criminal careers in Australia who had come to the US, mostly illegally, during the gold rush. The Coves had come not to dig for gold but to unleash a crime wave the likes of which America had never seen. Robbery, murder, arson and extortion were the Coves' stock-in-trade, and it was said that the leader of the gang, Jim Stuart, had killed more men than any man in California. The gang's base, in the waterfront district, came to be known as Sydney Town. The area was a no-go zone for police - many of whom were in Stuart's pocket anyway - so, just as Capone would one day rule Chicago, the Coves ruled San Francisco. And more than once, just to make sure there was no doubt that Frisco was their town, they burnt it down. The Coves were hated and feared by the respectable citizens of San Francisco - who derisively called them 'Sydney Ducks' but never to their faces - and, realising that the forces of the law could not, or would not, take them on, decided lynch law was the only solution, and formed a vigilante group. The streets of San Francisco became a battlefield as the Coves and the vigilantes fought for control of the city, with gunfights and lynchings almost daily spectacles as the police stood idly by. Jim Stewart was arrested in Sacramento for killing a sheriff, but escaped to be involved in one the most celebrated cases of mistaken identity in the annals of American crime. When the smoke cleared, the Coves' reign of terror was over. Some were strung up from storefronts in the street, some fell in a deadly gunfight with Jonathan R. Davis, one of the fastest guns in the west, others escaped capture and returned to Australia. The story of the Sydney Coves is little-known, fascinating and well worth telling
Cataloging source
AU@
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Smyth, Terry
Dewey number
364.1066
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6439.U52
LC item number
S34 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Australians
  • Gangsters
  • Organized crime
  • California
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Australian desperadoes : the incredible story of how Australian gangsters terrorised California, Terry Smyth
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Subtitle from cover
Bar code
  • 31223125642117
  • 31223125642109
  • 31223125642125
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Dos eldorados -- A kind of mania -- 'What a great misfortune' -- The veneration of Saint Barbara -- From the ends of the Earth -- Oranges and leg-irons -- A red-letter day -- Oliver is in town -- No luck with pick and shovel -- Sainted women and painted ladies -- Latter-Day Sam -- Kangaroo courts -- Who killed Charlie Moore? -- Fanning the flames -- 'Fie upon your laws!' -- 'One vast sheet of flame' -- 'Something must be done' -- Comings and goings -- 'Speedy and terrible vengeance' -- The grocer's apologia -- The wrong man -- The Night Watch -- Ecce homo -- Deeper and deeper -- Law and disorder -- A 'quiet and orderly' occasion -- The hangman's banner -- Close but no cigar -- Pillars of propriety -- Chasing the wily Cove -- Never a kind word -- Flash and counter-flash -- Osiris rising -- Better angels -- A scattering of Coves -- What goes around... -- Showgirls and charlatans -- Turnabout -- The man in the white hat -- Unlucky last
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780143782377
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)984149621
Label
Australian desperadoes : the incredible story of how Australian gangsters terrorised California, Terry Smyth
Publication
Copyright
Note
Subtitle from cover
Bar code
  • 31223125642117
  • 31223125642109
  • 31223125642125
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Dos eldorados -- A kind of mania -- 'What a great misfortune' -- The veneration of Saint Barbara -- From the ends of the Earth -- Oranges and leg-irons -- A red-letter day -- Oliver is in town -- No luck with pick and shovel -- Sainted women and painted ladies -- Latter-Day Sam -- Kangaroo courts -- Who killed Charlie Moore? -- Fanning the flames -- 'Fie upon your laws!' -- 'One vast sheet of flame' -- 'Something must be done' -- Comings and goings -- 'Speedy and terrible vengeance' -- The grocer's apologia -- The wrong man -- The Night Watch -- Ecce homo -- Deeper and deeper -- Law and disorder -- A 'quiet and orderly' occasion -- The hangman's banner -- Close but no cigar -- Pillars of propriety -- Chasing the wily Cove -- Never a kind word -- Flash and counter-flash -- Osiris rising -- Better angels -- A scattering of Coves -- What goes around... -- Showgirls and charlatans -- Turnabout -- The man in the white hat -- Unlucky last
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780143782377
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)984149621

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