“Bushrangers! Yes, I had to see Power, the notorious bushranger, on one occasion. There was a dispute, as to who captured him, and I represented Mr. Charles Hope Nicholson in the matter, I saw Power at Pentridge. When first he was pointed out to me I thought he was a small man, whereas I always understood he was very big. But when I got close to him I discovered my mistake, for he towered over me. His enormous breadth detracted from his height. He told me that Ned Kelly deserved to be taken, as he ‘peached’ on him.” Continue reading Spotlight: “Mr. Speaker’s” Reminiscences (27/08/1907)
Mr. Read complained to the Court that his clients were placed at the bar in shackles, which was a breach of the constitutional law of England. The accused should be allowed to come up free in mind and in body, and he hoped the bench would not permit such a violation of what was the privilege of every man previous to conviction. He also com-plained of being prevented from communi-cating with his clients, as otherwise he could not undertake to do justice to their defence.
Continue reading Spotlight: COUNTY OF BOURKE POLICE COURT (26/08/1853)
For the last three weeks Sir Frederick Pottinger and a party, consisting of two troopers and a black tracker, have been paying particular attention to the movements of Hall’s gang, and on Sunday evening, after a hunt from the Lachlan to Cowra, and a most industrious scour of the bush between this place and Forbes, they had the good fortune to come on the bushranger’s camp, at a place in the bush, about six — seven miles from the Seventeen Mile Rush, and a short distance from Pring’s station.
Continue reading Spotlight: Ben Hall and his gang (26/08/1864)
Yesterday, at the District Police Court, the following prisoners charged with being concerned in the robbery of the Private Escort Company, were brought up handcuffed for examination:— George Elston, Robert Harding, Edward McEvoy, George Wilson, George Melville, and William Atkyns. Agnes Atkyns, his wife, was also accused of being an accessary after the fact. The female prisoner was greatly excited, and was accommodated with a seat under the Bench. She frequently interrupted the proceedings by her sobs, when the evidence was such as to affect her husband.
Mr. Read appeared for the prisoners, and applied to have their handcuffs removed, which was immediately done. He then stated that he had been refused all intercourse with his clients, and prayed for permission to put himself in communication with them, which was granted.
Continue reading Spotlight: The Escort Robbery – Examination of the Prisoners (26/08/1853)
The obituary for the tracker that helped capture the Clarke brothers. Continue reading Spotlight: The Death of Sir Watkin Wynne (19/08/1887)
A report on a band of bushrangers on the run from Port Arthur, including Jacky Jacky (William Westwood) Continue reading Spotlight: Jackey Jackey at Glenorchy (09/08/1845)
A series of short contemporary reports on Tasmanian bushrangers including Dido and Rocky Whelan. Continue reading Spotlight: Local Intelligence (Launceston, 09/08/1855)
A report on the McIvor escort robbery and Francis Christie’s supposed involvement. Continue reading Spotlight: Victoria – The Escort Robbery (03/08/1853)
On Tuesday morning, however, Melville refused to permit the removal of the nighttub from his cell, and threatened to take the life of any one who should attempt to do so. On hearing of the circumstance, Mr. Wintle proceeded to Melville’s cell, and after endeavoring, but in vain, to persuade him to allow the tub to be removed, he ordered James Rowley, senior turnkey, and two wardsmen to go into his cell and bring it out.
Continue reading Spotlight: The Convict Melville (31/07/1857)