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Sherlock Holmes in Australian Reasons for Judgment or Decision

Leslie Katz


May 3, 2012

The paper deals with references to Sherlock Holmes in six sets of Australian reasons for judgment or decision. The references occur in the following three contexts: Holmes’s occupational performance of or philosophising about the fact-finding function; tools used by Holmes while detecting; and whether it would be necessary for others in certain contexts to match Holmes’s detective skills. In dealing with those references, almost all of the Holmes stories and all of the Holmes novels are mentioned. Images of illustrations from three of the stories and three of the novels are also included. One of those illustrations was the first ever to depict Holmes wearing a deerstalker cap and seems not to have reproduced before now since its publication in 1890.

The paper contains a dozen appendices, whose topics are: the extent of awareness of Holmes in the non-English-speaking world; Holmes and headgear; words formed from the names, “Sherlock”, “Holmes”, “Sherlock Holmes” and “Watson”; Holmes’s actual or intended writings; Holmes’s views on circumstantial evidence; references in the Sherlock Holmes canon to motorised road transport and other technological innovations; Oscar Wilde’s knowledge of Holmes; references in the Sherlock Holmes canon to train journeys involving Victoria, Paddington, Charing Cross and Euston stations; Holmes’s foreign travels, with particular reference to Italy and an unusual Italian connection of Conan Doyle, and Holmes's attitude to domestic and foreign State honours and tangible gifts; Holmes’s works of reference; and a discussion of certain aspects, particularly legal, of “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans”.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 75

Keywords: literary allusions in Australian reasons for judgment or decision, Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bradshaw's Railway Guide, Holmes's knowledge of literature

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Date posted: February 5, 2009 ; Last revised: May 4, 2012

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Katz, Leslie, Sherlock Holmes in Australian Reasons for Judgment or Decision (May 3, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1337347 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1337347

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