For life : and other stories

Rudd, Steele and Weston, H. J. (illus.) For life : and other stories. St. Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press, 1968.

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Author Rudd, Steele
Weston, H. J. (illus.)
Title For life : and other stories
Place of Publication St. Lucia, Qld.
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Publication year 1968
Sub-type Creative work
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Language eng
Total number of pages 100
Subjects 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Formatted Abstract/Summary

Introduction to The University of Queensland Press Edition  

At Christmas time in 1898 a man and his three sisters were murdered on their way to a dance in Gatton; a suspect was eventually caught and charged with the murder and, to establish his alibi, offered to retrace his tracks about southern Queensland, to prove that he was not in the Gatton area at the time of the murder. 

Shorthand being a rare accomplishment in those days, Steele Rudd was seconded from his clerical position in the Sheriff's Office in the Supreme Court to accompany Inspector White and the troop of mounted police who would go with the suspected murderer; Rudd was to take notes of all that occurred. 

This is only one of the numerous occasions on which Rudd's ability to take shorthand gave him the opportunity to observe Government enquiries in a secretarial capacity, and he put it to good use. He does not dwell on the rather grim aspects of this unusual trip, but lets the story tell itself in his own style of natural humour. The book was published in 1905, two years after he bad left the Queensland Public Service and bad established his own Steele Rudd's Magazine. 

Keyword Humorous stories, Australian
Australia -- Social life and customs -- Fiction
Authors, Australian -- Queensland -- Darling Downs
Australian wit and humor -- 20th century
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Bound with His In Australia (St. Lucia, Qld. 1968). Permission received from University of Queensland Press to make this item publicly available on 5th June 2013

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