Fergus Hume


Born
in Powick, Worcestershire, The United Kingdom
July 08, 1859

Died
July 12, 1932

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Fergusson Wright Hume (1859–1932), New Zealand lawyer and prolific author particularly renowned for his debut novel, the international best-seller The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886).

Hume was born at Powick, Worcestershire, England, son of Glaswegian Dr. James Collin Hume, a steward at the Worcestershire Pauper Lunatic Asylum and his wife Mary Ferguson.

While Fergus was a very young child, in 1863 the Humes emigrated to New Zealand where James founded the first private mental hospital and Dunedin College. Young Fergus attended the Otago Boys' High School then went on to study law at Otago University. He followed up with articling in the attorney-general's office, called to the New Zealand bar in 1885.

In 1885 Hume moved to Melbourne. While h
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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

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The Bishop's Secret

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The Secret Passage

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The Silent House

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The Sealed Message: A Briti...

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The Clock Struck One

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The Lady from Nowhere

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Madame Midas

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For the Defense: A Traditio...

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More books by Fergus Hume…
“I was not myself on that night. The wine was in and the wit was out.”
Fergus Hume, The Silent House

“I agree with Heine's remark, that if the Romans had been forced to learn it (Latin) they would not have found time to conquer the world.”
Fergus Hume
tags: humor

“Young men, not bein' old men," she replied, cautiously, "and sinners not bein' saints, it's not nattral as latch-keys should be made for ornament instead of use, and Mr. Fitzgerald bein' one of the 'andsomest men in Melbourne, it ain't to be expected as 'e should let 'is latch-key git rusty, tho' 'avin' a good moral character, 'e uses it with moderation.”
Fergus Hume, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

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