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Detective JM Christie

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About Detective JM Christie

For 45 years, Detective John Mitchell Christie (1845-1927) was the scourge of Melbourne's smugglers, forgers, drug traffickers, thieves and distillers of moonshine. In-between working as a police detective from 1866 and retiring as detective-inspector of Customs at the age of 65, he was variously a boxer, athlete, hotelier and 'Royal "shadow"' during Antipodean tours made by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1869 and the Duke of York (future George V) in 1901.

Historic reports provide vivid details of Christie's many arrests and creative disguises, from Salvationist to street sweeper and tinker. But there's so much more to Christie's story – to delve deeper into the career of Melbourne's real-life Sherlock Holmes, visit his display in the Marvellous Melbourne section of our Changing face of Victoria exhibition.

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Christie, head of CIB, Davies & Co (Melbourne, Vic), photographer

Detective JM Christie

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