Spotlight: Power’s Cub

Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Thursday 12 May 1870, page 3 VICTORIA. Power’s cub has been taken, though (states the Benalla Ensign) the old fox has up to the present managed to escape. It was hoped when the information reached here that Kelly was visible in his old whereabouts, that Power was not very far off, and superintendent Nicolas himself went to look after the prey. We purposely pass over the particulars ; but it came to pass that very early on Wednesday morning, while everybody else was sleeping, Mr. Nicolas, with sergeant Whelan and mounted-constables Arthur … Continue reading Spotlight: Power’s Cub

“There is a great untold Australian story of tragedy and triumph that has been covered in a mountain of myth”: Darren K. Hawkins and Leo Kennedy Interviewed

The Ned Kelly story remains one of the most popular and enduring in Australian history, but there are always multiple perspectives from which to look at it. One of the most overlooked perspectives is of the families of the slain … Continue reading “There is a great untold Australian story of tragedy and triumph that has been covered in a mountain of myth”: Darren K. Hawkins and Leo Kennedy Interviewed

Spotlight: Thunderbolt (1941)

Note: Readers are advised that the following contains language that is considered offensive in the modern day. It is included intact only for the purposes of accuracy to the historical document that is being transcribed, and context. It is important to see the way in which such derogatory language was so flippantly used in the past in order to better understand the impact it has had on those who were portrayed so derisively. Understanding the cruelty of the past can act as a tool to prevent its perpetuation, even in such a seemingly innocuous thing as a word, phrase or … Continue reading Spotlight: Thunderbolt (1941)

Spotlight: Fisher and Beard rob Edward Bisdee

Hobart Town Courier and Van Diemen’s Land Gazette (Tas. : 1839 – 1840), Friday 8 May 1840, page 2 Bushranging. – The establishment of Mr. Edward Bisdee, at Kewstoke, Murderers Plains, adjacent to the Eastern Marshes, was robbed of provisions and clothing on Wednesday night, by the bushrangers Beard and Fisher. The tactics pursued by these land-rovers is something new in the arduous avocation pursued by them. Their general policy appears to be to conciliate assigned servants by the most marked civility and attention. They neither ill treat, abuse, or employ them to carry their plunder, as their predecessors Regan … Continue reading Spotlight: Fisher and Beard rob Edward Bisdee

Spotlight: Reward Notice for John Donohoe

Monitor (Sydney, NSW : 1826 – 1828), Saturday 3 May 1828, page 1 GOVERNMENT NOTICE. Colonial Secretary’s Office 1st May, 1828. TWENTY POUNDS REWARD. WHEREAS JOHN DONOHOE, who was convicted of Highway Robbery, and received sentence of Death on the 1st March last, effected his escape while on his return from the Court House to the Gaol :– Notice is hereby given, that a reward of twenty pounds will be paid to any Person or Persons who may apprehend and lodge the said John Donohoe in one of His Majesty’s Gaols. Donohoe is a Native of Dublin 22 years of … Continue reading Spotlight: Reward Notice for John Donohoe

Bushranging Gazette #3

Saturday, 1 May 2021 The past month has been much quieter on the news front than in previous months, but there are still new things to report and a little bonus feature at the end. New film about Sgt. Kennedy in development Filmmaker Darren Hawkins of Lonely Hill Films is attempting to get a feature film about Sergeant Michael Kennedy off the ground. The project, titled Michael, is described as “a dramatic retelling of an often forgotten side of the iconic Ned Kelly saga, told from the perspective of one of the murdered police, his family, his community and the … Continue reading Bushranging Gazette #3

Spotlight: ROBBERY OF THE NORTHERN MAIL, BY THUNDERBOLT.

Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 – 1893), Tuesday 30 April 1867, page 2 ROBBERY OF THE NORTHERN MAIL, BY THUNDERBOLT. (From the Armidale Express, April 27.) On Sunday night, about half-past nine, as Mr. Brereton was driving the down Northern mail coach, and had arrived about three miles on the Tamworth side of Bendemeer, a person rode up and asked if the escort was with the coach. On Mr. B replying in the negative, he was directed to bail up by the armed bushranger, who, he states was Thunderbolt, and in whose company was a … Continue reading Spotlight: ROBBERY OF THE NORTHERN MAIL, BY THUNDERBOLT.