Bushranging Gazette #6

Sunday, 1 August 2021 The Hobart Magazine The July 2021 issue of The Hobart Magazine features an article by Sarah Aitkin about Rocky Whelan’s cave in Mount Wellington (Kunanyi). For the article, Aidan Phelan (A Guide to Australian Bushranging) was interviewed and provided contextual information about Whelan. You can access the magazine digitally for free online. Jingo Was Born in the Slum Matthew J. J. Thorne, who was the photographer during production of Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang, has released a new book through Jane and Jeremy Publishing titled Jingo was born in the slum. The book … Continue reading Bushranging Gazette #6

Spotlight: Pat Connell Enquiry

Burrangong Argus (NSW : 1865 – 1913), Saturday 28 July 1866, page 3 SHOOTING OF PAT CONNELL BUSHRANGER. The following is the evidence which was taken at the magisterial enquiry touching the death of Connell, at the Braidwood police-office by J. H. Griffin, Esq., on Wednesday afternoon. Sergeant Creagh on oath states :— In consequence of instructions I received I started on Tuesday morning about 5 a.m. from Ballalaba after the robbers at Mudmelong. We made along the track leading from Mr. Connell’s public-house to Araluen about fifteen miles; about 10 o’clock we came to a mountain when the black … Continue reading Spotlight: Pat Connell Enquiry

Spotlight: Shooting of Pat Connell

Queanbeyan Age and General Advertiser (NSW : 1864 – 1867), Thursday 26 July 1866, page 2 SHOOTING OF PAT CONNELL. From the Braidwood Dispatch. INFORMATION was brought into town on Wednesday morning last of the police having, the day previous, pursued the bushrangers whose depredations at Mudmelong on Monday last were recorded in our last issue, and of the death of one of their number, Pat Connell, during the encounter which ensued. The news was brought into town at an early hour in the morning, between one and two o’clock the same day the body of the dead outlaw was … Continue reading Spotlight: Shooting of Pat Connell

Spotlight: The Floating Museum

The former Burmese cargo ship Success was converted into a floating prison in the 1850s as the influx of immigrants seeking their fortunes on the goldfields caused the crime rates to explode. As a result, to alleviate the overcrowding of the prisons, the government purchased a set of abandoned ships (Success, Deborah, Lysander, President and Sacramento) and had them fitted out with cells.The Success was the only one kept intact when the ships were decommissioned. When turned into a museum in 1890, it was billed as a prison hulk, though it never transported convicts from overseas. The term is most … Continue reading Spotlight: The Floating Museum

Spotlight: THE CHAMBER OF HORRORS

Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 – 1930), Sunday 13 July 1913, page 22 ‘THE CHAMBER OF HORRORS’ Some of the Grim Mementoes of Australia’s Criminal History Contained in the Sydney Police Museum. FAMOUS CASES RECALLED. The first impression one gains of the interior of the musuem, attached to the New South Wales Police Department, in Hunterstreet, Sydney, is that of a second-hand shop. It contains everything to convey this idea— but there is a difference — goods are not for sale. No amount of money could purchase even the smallest article in that closely-guarded room. It is safe to … Continue reading Spotlight: THE CHAMBER OF HORRORS