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Australia's First Spies


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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 Notes, bibliography Index

About the Author

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.


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

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