Spotlight: The Trial of Richard Lemon and Company

Although the crimes discussed herein are not strictly bushranging, these are some of the only freely available records of one of Tasmania’s (and indeed, Australia’s) earliest bushrangers – Richard Lemon. In the following years, Lemon would make a name for himself as a robber, murderer and tormentor of Aboriginal people in Van Diemen’s Land before meeting a suitably violent end.

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Spotlight: Exit Solomon Blay

Clipper (Hobart, Tas. : 1893 – 1909), Saturday 21 August 1897, page 4 EXIT SOLOMON BLAY. AN OLD TIME IDENTITY GONE. One of the connecting links between Vandemonia and Tasmania was severed on Wednesday last, when old Solomon Blay, erstwhile hangman, shuffled. Old Sol. of late years has been a constant source of interest to a certain class of the rising football-cycling generation, and his tales of the olden times would have been of some moment had they been half as truthful as they were useless. An ancient identity, cognomened Gypsy Smith, who lives out somewhere in the wilds of … Continue reading Spotlight: Exit Solomon Blay

Spotlight: The Story of Constable Miles O’Grady

At the top of a street in the ancient gold diggings town of Nerrigundah, N.S.W., stands this monument on a small plot of grass-covered ground, that has been reserved from the pick and shovel of the gold-seeker, although rich claims were worked just a few vards from the monument. It stands opposite the site of the old police barracks, erected after the death of the brave fellow. It is of substantial construction, and is of sandstone, enclosed with iron railings.

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Spotlight: Thunderbolt’s Wife

Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser (NSW : 1876 – 1951), Thursday 13 October 1927, page 5 THUNDERBOLT’S WIFE. In the early seventies of last century (writes ‘Hawkeye’ in the ‘Northern Champion,’ Taree) a young Manning River man had to drive a spring cart from Raymond Terrace to Manning River. Some distance on his way towards Stroud he saw a woman on foot ahead carrying a child. When he caught up and offered her a lift, he found it was the wife of Frederick Ward, who had been down to see him in gaol. With a brave heart she had … Continue reading Spotlight: Thunderbolt’s Wife

Spotlight: Wilson and Lemon on Trial

John Wilson and James Leamon, were indicted for feloniously stealing from the premises of John W. Rowles, two pound notes, provisions, and sundry articles of wearing apparel on the 17th day of July last. The prisoners, it will be remembered, were two bushrangers captured at the Nile by a party of constables, after a smart skirmish.

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Spotlight: Reward for Walmsley and Webber

Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Thursday 7 October 1830, page 1 GOVERNMENT NOTICE COLONIAL SECRETARY’S OFFICE, SYDNEY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1830. FORTY POUNDS REWARD. NOTICE is hereby given, that a Reward of TWENTY POUNDS will be paid to any Person or Persons who may apprehend and lodge in any of His Majesty’s Gaols, either JOHN WALMSLEY, or WILLIAM WEBBER, alias BALEY, who it appears were for some Months past the Companions of Donahoe in his Depredations ; and all Constables are hereby ordered and directed to use their utmost Endeavours for this Purpose. JOHN … Continue reading Spotlight: Reward for Walmsley and Webber

Spotlight: Trial of Jackey Jackey (Account of the robbery of Tomlins)

Geelong Advertiser and Squatters’ Advocate (Vic. : 1845 – 1847), Wednesday 1 October 1845, page 2 HOBART TOWN. TRIAL OF JACKEY JACKEY. William Westwood (Jackey Jackey) was capitally charged with robbing (being armed with a gun) Mr P. S. Tomlins, at Redlands. on the 10th August ; of a one pound note, a half-crown, and a shilling. The prosecutor stated that he was at Redlands on the day in question, and in the parlour at Redlands: between seven and eight in the evening a man suddenly entered the room, armed with a gun, which he pointed in the direction of … Continue reading Spotlight: Trial of Jackey Jackey (Account of the robbery of Tomlins)