Spotlight: A Bushranger’s Autobiography (part four)

We got to the place agreed on, and where I could see the main land at about two miles distance. We must get across to it, and had no boat. I was a very bad swimmer. and two miles was a long pull for a new beginner. But my two companions did not hesitate, but pulled off their trousers and plunged into the water, with me after them, with my trousers thrown over my neck, for I was determined to get over to the mainland or be drowned in the attempt. After swimming about a mile, one of my companions — and very soon after the other — was seized, and drawn down by the sharks. I was left alone to the mercy of the waves, expecting the same fate every minute. At last, after a desperate struggle, I got to the land, but had lost my trousers and shirt, and scrambled ashore quite naked. In this state I found myself alone in a bush that I did not know, and greatly grieved at the death of my two companions. I made a bed in the long grass and picked up some shellfish that kept me alive for three days. On the fourth day the constables saw me, and I was brought back to Port Arthur once more, where I was punished with 90 days’ solitary confinement and 12 months’ “E.H.L.C.” (extension with hard labour in chains). Continue reading Spotlight: A Bushranger’s Autobiography (part four)

Spotlight: Trial of Jackey Jackey

Port Phillip Patriot and Melbourne Advertiser (Vic. : 1839 – 1845), Friday 26 September 1845, page 2 HOBART TOWN NEWS. Jackey Jackey. — The trial of William Westwood alias Jackey Jackey, to the surprise of all present, was decided on the evidence of the prosecutor, Mr P. S. Tomlins. Let it not be supposed that by this we mean to impute any undue haste to the Court, or any want of consideration towards the prisoner; on the contrary, a more satisfactory trial we never witnessed. Mr Tomlin’s evidence was so clear, straightforward, and conclusive, that even the prisoner did not … Continue reading Spotlight: Trial of Jackey Jackey

Spotlight: TASMANIAN HISTORY – A SKETCH OF OLD TIMES; EMBODYING THE BUSH CAREER OF MATTHEW BRADY by J. E. Calder (Pt. 1)

James Calder relates the life and career of Matthew Brady. In this installment we learn about Brady’s early life, transportation and escape from Macquarie Harbour. Continue reading Spotlight: TASMANIAN HISTORY – A SKETCH OF OLD TIMES; EMBODYING THE BUSH CAREER OF MATTHEW BRADY by J. E. Calder (Pt. 1)