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- 'A menace to this realm': the New Guard and the New South Wales police, 1931-32
- Evans, Richard W.
- In 1931 and 1932, New South Wales faced civic collapse. During the last months of the Lang government, the semi-fascist New Guard became a serious threat to the state. This article examines the challenge posed by the New Guard to the New South Wales police, and the strategies used by the police to suppress the group. Superintendent W.J. MacKay, the colourful and Machiavellian future commissioner, effectively and ruthlessly exercised police power against the New Guard. This article disputes the dominant historical interpretation of this period, which sees the police as collaborators with a reactionary secret army, the ‘Old Guard’. This article has been peer-reviewed.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology.
- History Australia, Vol. 5, no. 3 (Dec 2008)
- Publication year
- FOR Code(s)
- 160601 Australian Government and Politics; 160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice; 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
- Australia; MacKay, W. J. (1885 - 1948); New Guard Movement; New South Wales Police Force
- Monash University ePress
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- Peer reviewed