MASKED RAIDERS

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For two decades before a railway system linked southern Africa’s principal cities in the mid-1890s, the world’s richest supplies of diamonds and gold were transported by coach and horses to distant ports for export.

For Irish soldiers based at Fort Napier, Pietermaritzburg, the temptation of this fabulous wealth proved irresistible: they deserted by the score and, as members of the criminal ‘Irish Brigade’, embarked on a spree of bank, safe and highway robberies.

Masked Raiders follows the wild exploits of legendary brigands like the McKeone brothers and ‘One-Armed Jack’ McLaughlin, who ravaged the subcontinent, from the mining towns of Barberton, Kimberley and Johannesburg to the borders of Basotholand, Bechuanaland, Mozambique and Rhodesia.

With tales of heists, safe-cracking, illegal gold dealings, prison breaks and hidden roadside treasure, the book reveals the potency of the Highveld’s ‘criminal heroes’, a force–until now–largely hidden from history. With inimitable storytelling flair, Charles van Onselen illuminates the intrigue and influence of a secretive, oath-bound brotherhood

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MASKED RAIDERS : Irish Banditry in Southern Africa, 1880-1899
by VAN ONSELEN, CHARLES

Condition: Very Good in Plastic/None
Edges yellowed; pages slightly yellowing.191pp incl Index; 8m pp b&w photog plates.
Bookseller: BOOKLOVERS PARADISE ZA (ZA)
Bookseller Inventory #: 12459
Title: MASKED RAIDERS
Author: VAN ONSELEN, CHARLES
Format/binding: Soft Card Covers, French fold
Book condition: Used – Very Good in Plastic
Jacket condition: None
Quantity available: 1
Edition: First Edition, second impression
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Zebra,
Place: Cape Town.
Date published: 2011
Keywords: Irish, Bank Robberies, Illegal Gold Buying, Highwaymen,
Bookseller catalogs: Africana;
Size: 230x22p37mm