Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/13896
Title: The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: A True Tale of Passion, Poison and Pursuit
Contributor(s): Baxter, Carol (author)
Publication Date: 2013
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/13896
Abstract: John Tawell was a sincere Quaker but a sinning one. Convicted of forgery, he was transported to Sydney, where he opened Australia's first retail pharmacy and made a fortune. When he returned home to England after fifteen years, he thought he would be welcomed; instead he was shunned. Then on New Year's Day 1845 Tawell boarded the 7:42 pm train to London Paddington. Soon, men arrived chasing a suspected murderer - but the 7:42 had departed. The Great Western Railway was experimenting with a new-fangled device, the electric telegraph, so a message was sent: a 'KWAKER' man was on the run. The trail became a sensation, involving no apparent weapon, much innuendo, and a pious man desperate to save his reputation - and would usher in the modern communication age. Told with narrative verve and rich in historical research, this is a delicious true tale of murder and scientific revolution in Victorian England.
Publication Type: Book
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781780742441
9781780742434
Field of Research (FOR): 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
210305 British History
HERDC Category Description: A1 Authored Book - Scholarly
Other Links: http://carolbaxter.com/electric-constable.html
http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/201014474
Extent of Pages: 391
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