“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: Fisher and Beard rob Edward Bisdee

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.

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“Moonlite” (1910) — as it was reported

As many of the silent era bushranger films are lost to the sands of time, either through being misplaced or destroyed, there are no opportunities to view them ourselves. Because of this we rely on reports from the time that describe the films and discuss the audience responses. This was in the days before people wrung their hands over “spoilers” and were more worried about which film would break opening weekend records.

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Spotlight: Reward Notice for John Donohoe

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.

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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