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James Skipp Borlase

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James Skipp Borlase

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Full Name: James Skipp Borlase
Born: Truro, Cornwall, England
Died: November 1, 1909
Brighton, England
Occupation: Solicitor, Writer
Nationality: British


Borlase was born at Cornwall and came to Australia in the mid-1860s, working initially as a solicitor in Melbourne. When an unsuccessful attempt to desert his wife ruined his legal reputation, he turned to writing popular fiction, publishing his first short story in the Australian Journal in 1865 and soon becoming a regular contributor and staff member, and possibly an editor. He produced numerous historical and romance tales and serials, but was best known for his crime and adventure stories, especially the series 'Memoirs of an Australian Police Officer.' Borlase republished several stories from this series in The Night Fossickers and Other Australian Tales of Peril and Adventure (1867), a collection that is believed to include some unacknowledged stories by Mary Fortune. He returned to London under suspicion of plagiarism by the end of the 1860s, and his later writing was largely boys' adventure fiction, published under the pseudonym 'JJG Bradley.'

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