Frederick Wordsworth Ward has gone down in Australian history as the quintessential bushranger. Gentlemanly, daring, and a skilled horseman and bushman, he operated under the alias of Captain Thunderbolt until his fabled death in 1870.
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Remember that song from the end of "Mad Dog Morgan"? Can you remember any of the words? Neither could I so here they are...
His last words were supposedly "Tell 'em I died game." but how was outlaw Fred Lowry' s death recorded and reported?
In 2004, right on the tail end of the last bout of Ned Kelly mania, the National Museum of Australia put together an exhibition looking at outlaws from around the world. Here are some images from that exhibition.
Surprisingly, the only Chinese bushranger that seems to be of note is Sam Poo, whose career as a highwayman was as short-lived as it was violent.
Come all you sons of Erin's Isle that love to hear your tuneful notes, remember William Wallace and Montrose of sweet Dundee – The great Napoleon played his part, but by treachery was undone; Nelson, for England's glory bled and nobly fought by sea – and Wellington, old Erin's son, who Waterloo so bravely won, when leading on his veteran troops, bold faced his daring foes – but Martin Cash of matchless fame, The bravest man that owns that name, is a valiant son of Erin, where the sprig of shamrock grows.
For his part in leading a prison riot at Norfolk Island that resulted in the death of a prison guard, William Westwood (alias Jackey Jackey) was sentenced to execution by hanging. On the eve of his execution, Westwood dictated a letter to be given to the Protestant Reverend. It is herein reproduced in its entirety.
While many believe bushranging to have ended with the execution of Ned Kelly in 1880, this assumption could not be further from the truth. A prime example is the tragic story of Henry Maple, the "Boy Bushranger".
One of the most infamous events in bushranging history is the so-called "Stringybark Creek Massacre". The only first-hand accounts we have are from Ned Kelly and Thomas McIntyre who tell the story from opposite sides. Here we can examine each perspective and compare the accounts against each other.