The Mystery of the Handsome Man - The Double Life of John Lempriere Irvine

Author(s): Wayne Murdoch

Gay Male & Bi Biography/Memoir | New Releases | Australian/Aotearoa

Ranging from the convict settlement of Port Arthur, to the social heights of colonial Tasmanian Society, the goldrush towns of Ballarat and Bendigo, and the ballrooms of Marvellous Melbourne in the 1880s, this stranger-than-fiction book recounts the strange-but-true story of JL Irvine (1847-?). Banker, sporting champion, bon vivant, clubman, committee member, and friend to the colonial elites of Tasmania and Victoria, he was also a man with a secret; a secret that would occasionally lead him into the half-light of the Victorian underworld, and a secret that would ultimately lead to his downfall, disgrace, and disappearance.


Meticulously researched, written in a lively and engaging manner and lavishly illustrated, this is the story of colonial Australian society, both its glittering heights and its shadowy depths.

January 2021

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780648760337
  • : Interventions Inc
  • : December 2020
  • : January 2021
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 239
  • : English
  • : Paperback
  • : Wayne Murdoch