Rosane McNamara discovered Sherlock Holmes via the Basil Rathbone films in her early teens and has been a Holmes and Rathbone fan ever since. She has been a member of The Sydney Passengers since 1986 (recently promoted to Passenger 1st Class ) and has been the Navigator (Editor) of The Passengers’ Log since its inception in 1997. Rosane is also a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and participated in the Society’s pilgrimage from London to Reichenbach in 1988. Back in Australia, she sojourned to Ballarat, Victoria for the 1990 ‘Boscombe Valley Mystery’ gathering of Australian societies and has been on the organising committees for the Passengers’ ‘Final Problem’ centenary weekend (1990), ‘Hound’s Hundredth’ centenary weekend (2001) and ‘An Enjoyable Voyage’ 20th anniversary weekend (2004).
Rosane is an active participant in Sydney Passengers’ meetings at which she leads discussions, presents papers and directs dramatisations such as ‘Sherlock Holmes’ by William Gillette in 1989, ‘The Blue Carbuncle’ which she adapted in 1989, ‘The Great Detective’ by Roger Johnson in 2003, and ‘The Merry Wives of Watson’, an original short play that she wrote in 1998.
Rosane has contributed prolifically to The Passengers’ Log it and her publications include:
• ‘ A Three Moriarty Problem’ (nominated for the Sydney Passengers’ Montpellier Award 1999
• ‘Silkhing the Truth’ (nominated for Montpellier Award 1999)
• “What sort of a game is that – eh?” [Sherlock Holmes and Sport] (joint winner Montpellier Award 2000)
• ‘The Merry Wives of Watson’ (one act play)
• ‘Starring the Hound of the Baskervilles’ [the Hound on Film] (joint winner Montpellier Award 2001)
• ‘What does Dr Mortimer, the man of science, want of Sherlock Holmes, the specialist in crime?’ (Winner 2002 Montpellier Award); Reprinted as ‘Dr Mortimer, Man of Science’ in the Torr (Journal of the Poor Folk Upon the Moors)
• ‘A GLORious Mystery’, (Winner Montpellier Award 2004) and recently published in Australia and Sherlock Holmes the 3rd title in the Baker Street Irregulars’ ‘International Series’.