Spotlight: The Burke Petition

Robert Burke, alias Clusky, received the ultimate penalty for the death of Henry Facey Hurst. His ill-fated trip to Diamond Creek had sent shockwaves through Victoria, and as he sat in Melbourne Gaol awaiting his date with the hangman there were moves to encourage the executive council to grant a reprieve. This was not uncommon…

The Director Speaks: Matthew Holmes Interviewed

In 2017 Matthew Holmes' dream to create a bushranging epic for the big screen was finally realised with the theatrical release of The Legend of Ben Hall. Though it was a limited release, it gained a strong following and has since added fans from around the world to its fanbase. Now the call to action…

Harry Power at Buckland Gap

While Victoria was home to plenty of bushrangers of various ilks, there was one highwayman that stood head and shoulders above the rest – Harry Power. The curmudgeonly crim was responsible for a huge number of robberies on the roads, though he never had much luck in bailing up wealthy people. Perhaps his most productive…

Spotlight: MOONLIGHT’S GAOLER

Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), Sunday 11 July 1915, page 11 MOONLIGHT'S GAOLER — LINK WITH BUSHRANGING DAYS HAD DROP ON THUNDERBOLT — The sixties were stirring times in New South Wales and Victoria. The voice of the old fossicker, now an almost extinct species, was heard in the land, and bewhiskered, rrd-shirted…

The Execution of Scott and Rogan

"I, Maurice J. O'Connor, being the medical officer of the gaol at Darlinghurst, do hereby declare and certify that I have this day witnessed the execution of Andrew George Scott, alias Moonlight, lately convicted and duly sentenced to death at the Supreme Criminal Court, Sydney; and I further certify that the said Andrew George Scott,…

Spotlight: Ben Hall’s Bizarre Bushranging Battle

Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), Sunday 20 August 1989, page 18 Ben Hall's bizarre bushranging battle By ROBERT WILLSON IT WAS late afternoon on October 24, 1863, when Commissioner Henry Keightley of Dunn's Plains, south of Bathurst, saw five men riding along a fence line towards his homestead. At first he thought the…

True History of the Kelly Gang (review)

What is it about we Australians, eh? What is wrong with us? Do we not have a Jefferson? A Disraeli? Might we not find someone better to admire than a horse thief and a murderer? It took Justin Kurzel, on the back of two financial and critical flops, seven years to get enough funding to…