Lillian Armfield

Lillian Armfield

How Australia's First Female Detective Took on Tilly Devine and the Razor Gangs and Changed the Face of the Force

Book - 2018
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"By the late 1920s, eastern Sydney was the heartland of organised crime and the notorious turf battles known as the Razor Wars, where bloodied bodies were strewn across streets after late-night clashes between rival gangs. At first disapproved of by her male colleagues, and often working solo and undercover, Lillian investigated it all - from runaway girls, opium dens and back-street sly grog shops to drug trafficking, rape and murder. She dealt with the infamous crime figures of the day - Tilly Devine, Kate Leigh, 'Botany May' Smith and their associates - who eventually accorded Lillian a grudging respect. Lillian Armfield's life and achievements were extraordinary. She paved the way for the women of today's police force and her amazing story is also a compelling chapter in Australian true crime history."--Back cover
Publisher: Sydney, NSW : 2018. Hachette Australia,
ISBN: 9780733638107
Branch Call Number: B 363.2082092 ARMF
Characteristics: xiv, 306 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 24 cm

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