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  • Published: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742755175
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $34.99
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Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred




Another extraordinary true Australian tale discovered by the bestselling author of Crack Hardy, Stephen Dando-Collins.

Another extraordinary true Australian tale discovered by the bestselling author of Crack Hardy, Stephen Dando-Collins.

Mistaken identity haunted Joseph Windred. It saw him wrongly convicted on two continents and almost cost him his life. But every time fate knocked him down, Joe got up, and came back stronger. His fighting spirit would make him a hero, and see him strike it rich.

Little did the people of Orange NSW know when they twice elected Joseph Windred their mayor that this upstanding Windsor-born businessman, colonial hero and founder of their local jockey club had, in chains, helped build the San Quentin Penitentiary in San Francisco during the California gold rush, only to make a thrilling escape back to Australia. And that, technically, Joe was still a fugitive from American justice. There was a lot about Joe people didn't know.

In an amazing life, Joe also overcame physical disability to become a champion boxer, chased down a bushranger on his racehorse, saved the lives of children on a runaway dray, almost drowned trying to save a woman in a flooded creek, and struck gold near Bathurst.

Joe Windred's courage in the face of repeated, extraordinary and life-changing adversity marks him as one of the most inspiring figures in the history of ordinary Australians.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742755175
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $34.99
Categories:

About the Author

Stephen Dando-Collins

Stephen Dando-Collins is the author of the acclaimed Captain Bligh's Other Mutiny. Pasteur's Gambit was shortlisted for the science prize in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and won the Queensland Premier's Science Award. Crack Hardy, his most personal history, received wide acclaim. Mistaken Identity tells another episode of previously undiscovered Australian history. Sir Henry Parkes: The Australian Colossus is a biography of Australia’s Father of Federation. He also writes about American and ancient Greek history, and his series about the legions of ancient Rome has found considerable success in the US, UK and Australia and been translated into numerous foreign languages. Stephen has also written several books for children and young adults including the Caesar the War Dog series, Tank Boys and Chance in a Million. Stephen and his wife, Louise, live and write in a former nunnery in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley.

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Praise for Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred

“Stephen Dando-Collins has written a rattling good yarn about an early Australian hero whose story has been unknown until now. I warmly commend this book which is based on wide and meticulous research and tells a remarkable story with passion and flair.”

Robert Wilson, Canberra Times

“A great book!”

Peter FitzSimons

“Mistaken Identity by Stephen Dando-Collins is another recreation of history but on a broader canvas and with a more likeable central character. Altogether a rollicking good yarn.”

Malcolm Brown, The Sydney Morning Herald

“Stephen Dando-Collins brings to life a forgotten yet fascinating pasrt of Australian history in his latest work Mistaken Identity: The trials of Joe Windred.”

Bayside Bulletin, Brisbane

“A landmark case”

Professor Edwin Borchard, Harvard University Law School


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