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The plot to subvert wartime New Zealand : a true story of an impudent hoax that convulsed New Zealand in the darkest days of World War II, and that the Commissioner of Police declared 'beyond comprehension' : a hoax, moreover, that expanded to challenge the rule of law in the Dominion

Author: Hugh Price
Publisher: Wellington [N.Z.] : Victoria University Press, 2006.
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This is a true story of events in New Zealand at the most desperate time of World War II, when Japanese invasion seemed likely, and the outcome of the terrible world struggle between the Allied and Axis powers could have gone either way. At this perilous moment, early in 1942, a prison inmate by the name of Syd Ross completed his sentence and was released from Waikeria Prison, and at once set about building the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Sydney Gordon Ross
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Price
ISBN: 9780864735386 0864735383
OCLC Number: 75391454
Description: 160 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Release from prison --
The hoax gets under way --
The Prime Minister is drawn in --
The Security Intelligence Bureau --
Major Folkes is spied on --
The jovial sea captain by the name of Calder --
The police join the play --
Climax, and things come adrift --
Truth gets deeply involved --
But could Axis forces have landed? --
Major Folkes faces the music --
Documents: Report by Police Commissioner --
Report by Attorney General --
Memorandum by Attorney General --
Evening Post court report --
Item from New Zealand Observer --
Truth's report of Ross's death.
Responsibility: Hugh Price.
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This is a true story of events in New Zealand at the most desperate time of World War II, when Japanese invasion seemed likely, and the outcome of the terrible world struggle between the Allied and Axis powers could have gone either way. At this perilous moment, early in 1942, a prison inmate by the name of Syd Ross completed his sentence and was released from Waikeria Prison, and at once set about building the biggest hoax that New Zealand has ever seen, involving the Prime Minister, and another senior minister as hapless participants along the way. Syd's hoax grew and grew, and was about to burst, when he was astonished to find that it had been hijacked by a public figure, with more serious, and worrying, designs in mind. How this extraordinary matter unfolded is the tale at the heart of this book. As the Police Commissioner at the time said: the whole thing was " ... beyond comprehension."

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"Absolutely fascinating story about a wonderfully ridiculous hoax perpetrated during [World War II] in New Zealand." --"Good Morning TV One"

 
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