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Author Fahey, John, author

Title Australia's first spies : the remarkable story of Australia's intelligence operations, 1901-45 / John Fahey
Published Crowns Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2018
Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2018


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Description xxii, 434 pages 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits, photographs ; 24 cm
Contents Preface -- Introduction -- 1. Wilson Le Couteur's Pacific Mission, 1901 -- 2. Atlee Hunt: Public Servant, Spy Master, 1901-23 -- 3. Enlightened Princes and Wise Generals: Military Intelligence in Early Australia -- 4. A Prescient Letter: Suspecting Japanese Spies -- 5. Join the Navy and Spy on the World -- 6. Australian Success, 1914 -- 7. The Wanetta Organisation, 1901-20 -- 8. National Intelligence, 1901-20 -- 9. The First Coastwatcher -- 10. Australian Signals Intelligence, 1914-29 -- 11. Hand to Mouth: Australian Signals Intelligence in the 1930s -- 12. Harry Freame's Japanese Mission, 1941 -- 13. The Coastwatchers Go to War, 1939-42 -- 14. The Lions in the Den: Japanese Counterintelligence -- 15. Herding Cats: The Allied Intelligence Bureau -- 16. Australia's First National Signals Intelligence Effort -- 17. Battle in Asia and the Pacific, 1941-42 -- 18. Establishing Central Bureau, 1942 -- 19. Stepping on Toes: Australia's Attack on Japan's Diplomatic Codes -- 20. Allied Secret Intelligence Compromised, 1944 -- 21. Saving Australian SIGINT, 1945-47 -- 22. Coastwatching behind Enemy Lines -- 23. The Solomons and Pacific Area, 1943 -- 24. Human Intelligence in the Attack, 1943-45 -- 25. The Kempeitai's Game, 1942-45
Summary "Australia was born with its eyes wide open. Although politicians spoke publicly of loyalty to Britain and the empire, in secret they immediately set about protecting Australia's interests from the Germans, the Japanese - and from Britain itself. As an experienced intelligence officer, John Fahey knows how the security services disguise their activities within government files. He has combed the archives to compile the first account of Australia's intelligence operations in the years from Federation to the end of World War II. He tells the stories of dedicated patriots who undertook dangerous operations to protect their new nation, despite a lack of training and support. He shows how the early adoption of advanced radio technology by Australia contributed to the war effort in Europe. He also exposes the bureaucratic mismanagement in World War II that cost many lives, and the leaks that compromised Australia's standing with its wartime allies so badly that Australia was nearly expelled from the Anglo-Saxon intelligence network. Australia's First Spies shows Australia always has been a far savvier operator in international affairs than much of the historical record suggests, and it offers a glimpse into the secret history of the nation. 'Fills a major gap in the history of Australian intelligence organisations.' - Professor David Horner, author of The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO 1949-1963 'Great intelligence is often shared by great story telling, and John Fahey shares a great story in Australia's First Spies.' - Rear Admiral Paul Becker, USN (Retired), Former Director for Intelligence of the U.S. Pacific Command and Joint Chiefs of Staff"--Back cover
Analysis Australian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 346-411) and index
Notes Dr John Fahey worked at Defence Signals Directorate (1988-1996) and served in a number of regimental and intelligence postings during his service in the British and Australian armies between 1975 and 2014. He is currently an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University, and managing director of Cynergex Group, a medical education and services company
Subject Australian Security Intelligence Organization -- History.
Espionage -- Australia -- History -- 20th century.
Espionage -- Australia -- History.
Intelligence officers -- Australia -- Biography.
Intelligence officers -- Australia -- History -- 20th century.
Espionage -- Australia.
Intelligence service -- Australia -- History -- 20th century.
National security -- Australia -- 20th century.
Intelligence service -- Australia.
National security -- Australia.
Secret service -- Australia -- History -- 20th century.
Spies -- Australia -- History -- 20th century.
Spies -- Australia -- History.
Subversive activities -- Australia -- History -- 20th century.
Subversive activities -- Australia -- History.
Australia -- Foreign relations -- 1901-1945
Australia -- History -- 1901-1945
Australia -- History -- 20th century.
Australia -- Politics and government -- 1901-1945.
Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9781760631208 (paperback)