Simon Caterson reviews 'Waterfront: Graft, Corruption and Violence: Australia's crime frontier from 1788 to now' by Duncan McNab

Simon Caterson reviews 'Waterfront: Graft, Corruption and Violence: Australia's crime frontier from 1788 to now' by Duncan McNab

Waterfront: Graft, Corruption and Violence: Australia’s Crime Frontier From 1788 to Now

by Duncan McNab

Hachette $32.99 pb, 352 pp, 9780733632518

The Australian way of life has been much influenced by the proximity of most of the population to the coast. While we often think of the sunny side of that existence in terms of the beach, certain shadier aspects of the Australian experience have been shaped at the docks.

'Australia's major ports have been the birthplace of the nation, home to the tight-knit communities that were pivotal in the birth of the union movement and the Australian Labor Party, as well as to "colourful identities" and empires of the criminal underworld,' writes Duncan McNab in Waterfront.

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Simon Caterson

Simon Caterson

Simon Caterson is a Melbourne-based freelance writer and the author of Hoax Nation: Australian Fakes and Frauds from Plato to Norma Khouri (Arcade Publications, 2010).
Published in May 2016, no. 381

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