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Author Rossiter, Heather.

Title Lady spy, gentleman explorer : the life of Herbert Dyce Murphy : the most extraordinary Australian you've never heard of / Heather Rossiter
Published Milsons Point, N.S.W. : Random House Australia, 2001

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Description xiv, 401 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm
Summary "Herbert Dyce Murphy was born in 1879 to a wealthy Melbourne family. Rejecting his father's staid plans for him, he instead signed on to a wool clipper as a teenage apprentice, then went whaling in the Arctic. This was followed by a stint at Oxford University, where he so convincingly played a woman on stage that British Intelligence recruited him to spy, in drag, on the Continent, pre-World War I. ... In 1911 Murphy sailed to the Antarctic with the Mawson expedition"--Book cover
Notes Includes references to Patrick White and his novel 'The Twyborn Affair', and also to E. Phillips Fox
Large proportion of the book is set in Antarctica on the 1911-1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Dr. Douglas Mawson
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 397-401
Subject Murphy, Herbert Dyce, 1879-1971.
Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914)
Explorers -- Australia -- Victoria -- Biography.
Spies -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Antarctic Regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Australian
Genre/Form Biographies.
LC no. 2001431103
ISBN 1740510240