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Spies and lies : the mysterious Dr Dannevill

documentary heritage
  • Other Name

    Spies & lies the mysterious Dr Dannevill (Alternate title)

  • Description

    "Hjilmar Dannevill travelled the world in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, sometimes using aliases, sometimes disguised as a male, and claiming to be researching venereal diseases on behalf of a wealthy Austrian businessman. She arrived in New Zealand in 1911 and falsely presented herself as a qualified medical professional while helping to set up a private health home run by women.

    In the hostile anti-foreigner environment of World War 1, doubts about her sex, identity, qualifications and motivations, as well as suspicions about her relationships with women, drew the attention of police and military authorities. In May 1917, although she tried to defend herself, she was declared a German spy and imprisoned. Like many other women who formed transnational networks stretching across Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific to New Zealand, in defiance of sex-role stereotypes, Dannevill pursued life, work and female relationships around the globe. According to the authorities she was 'a thorough humbug and fraud' and 'just the sort of person who would take up such a job as a political spy or pimp.' But who was Hjilmar Dannevill? Why did she lie? Why was she persecuted? Was she a spy?"--Back cover

  • Place
  • Other Id

    HQ76.98.D3 GLA (Library of Congress Call Number)

    92809 (Cat ID)

    92579 (Presto content ID)

  • Department

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Catalogue

  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    Spies and lies : the mysterious Dr Dannevill
  • Other Name

    Spies & lies the mysterious Dr Dannevill (Alternate title)

  • Primary Maker
  • Contributor/Publisher
    DoubleaXe Press
  • Place
  • Date
    2021?
  • Physical Description

    244 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

  • ISBN/ISSN
    9780473580803
    0473580802
  • Language
    English
  • Level of Current Record
    Bib record
  • Member Object

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  • Subject Category
  • Content
    CONTENTS
    PART I: POLITICS
    Chapter 1 - A political spy or pimp
    Chapter 2 - Prisoner of war
    PART II: ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE
    Chapter 3 - World first
    Chapter 4 - Capital society
    Chapter 5 - An interesting arrival
    PART III: DISSENT, DISEASES AND A DIVORCEE
    Chapter 6 - 'Root out the hun hog'
    Chapter 7 - Health home troubles
    Chapter 8 - The doctor and the vicar's wife
    PART IV: DANGEROUS ALIENS
    Chapter 9 - Under suspicion
    Chapter 10 - Interrogation
    Chapter 11 - Local sensation - alien arrested
    Chapter 12 - Not a tropical island
    PART V: CONNECTIONS
    Chapter 13 - Global travellers
    Chapter 14 - Scandalous women
    Chapter 15 - Breakdown and escape
    Chapter 16 - America free?
    Chapter 17 - A woman of her times
    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
    NOTES
    SELECTED REFERENCES
    INDEX
  • Public Access Text

    [Keywords: Dannevill, Hjilmar von--Biography; Cross-dressers--Biography--New Zealand; Male impersonators--Biography--New Zealand; Women spies--Biography--New Zealand; Cross-dressers--History--20th century--New Zealand; Male impersonators--History--20th century--New Zealand; Women spies--History--20th century--New Zealand]

    Includes bibliographical references

  • Collection Type
    Reading Room
  • Last Update
    19 Dec 2023

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