Sydney in Ferment by Peter Grabosky

Sydney in Ferment: crime, dissent and official reaction 1788 – 1973 (pub. 1977)

This is one for the scholars, an excellent and tightly written history of Sydney crime by an American academic. Also helpful for any writer engaging with historical crime fiction, not least because it reminds us that what is actually illegal in Sydney has sometimes changed dramatically. And in some cases, as with our current concern with public drunkenness, history shows we have been here before.