On the face of things, Philippe Mora's magnum opus Mad Dog Morgan is little more than an "ozploitation" film loosely based on the life of bushranger Daniel Morgan. The film is clearly low budget with violence and nudity plonked in to appeal to an audience craving titillation in the then-new era of relaxed censorship that defined Australian film in the 1970s. Yet, beyond the surface elements is a script that uses the character of Morgan to meditate on the nature of humanity and society.
Joe Byrne reflects on the murder of Aaron Sherritt and some of his formative experiences, as he waits in the Glenrowan Inn for the police train in this competition entry from Georgina Stones.
A hangman teaches his craft to his apprentice - but there's a twist! This competition entry was written by Ben Holgate.
The ghost of Dan Kelly reflects on the events that led to his outlawry and demise in this competition entry by Joanne Stritch.
In October 1817, the bushranger Michael Howe was finally captured. He had been on the run with a string of raids, murders and arson attacks in his wake. A former accomplice and an associate had conspired to catch him and succeeded but their success was doomed to be very short-lived. William Drew, also known as…
On Saturday, February 22, 2019, the Greta Heritage Group held the second of what is planned to be an annual Ned Kelly themed event to raise funds to maintain and modernise the 104 year-old Greta-Hansonville hall. The previous theme was Max Brown's Australian Son, this year the topic was The Armour: The Myths, The Facts.…
Despite their infamy, the Kelly Gang were hardly prolific in any sense as far as bushrangers are concerned, but perhaps it's a matter of quality over quantity. The second raid they undertook was one of the most audacious in history and definitely ranks with anything performed by the likes of Ben Hall or Dan Morgan.…
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The name John Dunn is one that has been immortalised in songs, stories and film yet his story is one that very few people have heard. The historical fiction approach applied by Kerry Medway in Teenage Bushranger enables us to see the junior member of the Hall Gang in a unique way that leads us to sympathise with the young renegade.
The following is a report from just after the Kelly Gang raided the bank at Euroa. It describes in a fair amount of detail the events at Younghusband's Station and Euroa, while missing some of the details and getting a few spellings wrong - as was typical of reporting at the time. It provides an interesting insight into how the bank robbery caught the public's imagination after the outrage over the tragedy at Stringbark Creek. It is also worth noting that while Joe Byrne's identity had been known for some time, it was only because of one of the servants in the bank recognising Steve Hart that the identity of the fourth gang member was finally revealed.