Hell on High Water: Victoria’s Floating Prisons

No examination of Victoria’s penal system is complete without mention of the prison ships that were on use at Point Gellibrand in Williamstown through the 1850s and 1860s. The most renowned of these craft was Success, which toured the world … Continue reading Hell on High Water: Victoria’s Floating Prisons

“Mad Dog” Morgan: The moniker, the myth, the man (Opinion)

About two weeks ago the Border Mail dropped a bombshell out of nowhere: someone was agitating to have the plaque on Dan Morgan’s grave changed. While the article was light on details, the general thrust was that the plaque incorrectly … Continue reading “Mad Dog” Morgan: The moniker, the myth, the man (Opinion)

“Mad Dan” Morgan: An Overview

Born in 1830 in New South Wales, John Fuller was the son of Mary “The Gypsy” Owen, a promiscuous Irish lass, and George Fuller, a greengrocer. He would later be known as “Mad Dan” Morgan, a violent and unpredictable murderer and highwayman. Continue reading “Mad Dan” Morgan: An Overview