“Mad Dog Morgan”: An Analysis

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.

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The Murder of William Drew

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…

Spotlight: Further Outrages by the Kelly Gang

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.