Spotlight: Finding Byrne’s Body.

This engraving of a black tracker finding the dead body of Joe Byrne is a rather dramatised image that ironically downplays the drama of the scene. Joe's body was recovered from the Glenrowan Inn after it had been set on fire. Father Gibney was the first to discover Joe's body and darted from room to…


Spotlight: Bushranging on the Lower Murrumbidgee

The Bluecap Gang was one of the many gangs of bushrangers that developed a reputation as infamous brigands of the bush while committing very little in the way of high-end robberies. The gang was prone to stealing merely what they needed - usually clothing and horses - and then moving along. Their apparent ineptitude was only rivaled by that of the police in pursuit of them who were ill-equipped for bush work. An excellent illustration of the gang's modus operandi is shown in this article from 27 August 1867.

Bluecap: An Overview

Some of the more obscure bushrangers have nicknames seemingly pilfered from Grimm's fairytales. One of the most notable is Bluecap, the alias of Robert Cottrell. Cottrell was not prolific or prodigious as a bushranger by any far stretch, but he and his gang caused their fair share of trouble along the Murrumbidgee River in the…

Spotlight: Bold Jack Donohue

The first and possibly greatest bushranger Ballad is Bold Jack Donohue, a portrayal of the wild career of one of the most infamous bushrangers. Such was the perceived insidiousness of the song's influence that singing it in public was banned for a time, along with several other bushranger songs. It provided the basic structure and content for the most famous bushranger ballad The Wild Colonial Boy.

Jack Donohoe: An Overview

As one delves into the history and folklore of bushranging, the name Jack Donohoe comes up regularly, but there's usually not a lot of clearly defined information to accompany the name. Donohoe has suffered the fate of Thunderbolt, Hall and Kelly - the myths have become ingrained in the story as much as the facts. Was Jack Donohoe really worthy of folk hero status?