Spotlight: Reward Notice for John Donohoe

Monitor (Sydney, NSW : 1826 – 1828), Saturday 3 May 1828, page 1 GOVERNMENT NOTICE. Colonial Secretary’s Office 1st May, 1828. TWENTY POUNDS REWARD. 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. Donohoe is a Native of Dublin 22 years of … Continue reading Spotlight: Reward Notice for John Donohoe

Spotlight: Jeffries and Brady and company on trial (as reported)

Hobart Town Gazette (Tas. : 1825 – 1827; 1830), Saturday 29 April 1826, page 2 On Saturday, Jeffries the murderer, Perry, and Hopkins, were found guilty of stealing a gun, meat, and other articles, from the dwelling-house of Joseph Railton, near Launceston. They had been brought up on the Thursday previous, but owing to the absence of a witness on the part of Hopkins, the trial was postponed. Jeffries and Perry were afterwards arraigned for the murder of Mr. Tibbs’s child, an infant only five months old. When Mrs. Tibbs came into Court, and her eye glanced on the insatiate … Continue reading Spotlight: Jeffries and Brady and company on trial (as reported)

Spotlight: Reward Notice for Thomas Jeffries

Thomas Jeffries may have referred to himself as “The Captain”, but he earned himself a more notorious nickname: The Monster. In his brief bushranging career, the former flagellator committed acts of robbery, murder, rape and cannibalism. Such was his reputation that after he was captured, Matthew Brady planned to break him out of Launceston Gaol just so he could have the satisfaction of lynching Jeffries himself. The reward for Jeffries and his companions (Hopkins and Perry) would have been adequate inducement for people to turn them in, but bushrangers always proved much harder to catch than what the authorities seemed … Continue reading Spotlight: Reward Notice for Thomas Jeffries

The Battle of Bringelly

As with most bushrangers who transcend history to become enshrined in folklore, Jack Donahoe (aka Donohoe, Donahue) made the leap from brigand to legend in his final stoush with the forces of law and order. His recklessness in the face of death seemed to strike a chord with Australians of a certain class.
This year marks 190 years since Donahoe’s death, so it seems appropriate to recount the final battle that sealed his place in history. Continue reading The Battle of Bringelly