Thursday, 1 September 2022 Victorian Bushrangers at Geelong Gaol On 7 August, A Guide to Australian Bushranging‘s Aidan Phelan gave a presentation at the Old Geelong Gaol about Victorian bushrangers. The talk ranged from an introduction to bushrangers to the lives and careers of several notable Victorian outlaws. Among the stories told during the presentation were those of Bradley and O’Connor, Captain Melville, Harry Power and Thomas Menard. Menard has a special connection to the gaol as he was hanged there for murder and was buried in the grounds. The event was well received and the venue proved to be … Continue reading Bushranging Gazette #19
“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)
This month we bid farewell to a popular personality, look at new and upcoming books and note a nod to Ned on the tele. Continue reading Bushranging Gazette #18
In this month’s gazette we bid farewell to Vale Tommy Dysart, look forward to a Kate Kelly art exhibition by Rebecca Wilson and more… Continue reading Bushranging Gazette #17
Thomas Oliver Thomas, storekeeper, residing at Wangaratta, stated that on 7th May, 1869 he was on the Buckland road travelling on horseback to Hooper’s Crossing. He was riding one horse and leading another, and when within about seven yards of him observed that the prisoner had him covered with a double-barrelled gun. Prisoner called out to witness to stop. Witness was on the point of going when prisoner called out “If you go, I’ll fire.” He (witness) then came towards prisoner, who told him not to come too near, and said that his gun could kill at 300 yards. Prisoner then asked witness what money he had. Told him first that he had none. Told him afterwards that he had a couple of notes. Prisoner said to hand them to him, which witness did. Prisoner then asked him what had become of the other fellow who was with him (witness). Told prisoner that he did not know. Witness then asked prisoner to give him one of the pounds back, as he had taken all his money. Prisoner said he would not, as he had just stuck up the coach and got nothing. He further told witness to consider himself lucky that he did not take his hat and coat from him.
Continue reading Spotlight: Committal of Power the Bushranger (18 June 1870)
in this issue we look at Captain Thunderbolt on ABC Radio, an upcoming Ned Kelly computer game and more. Continue reading Bushranging Gazette #16
The Benalla Police Court was crowded yesterday to see the young bushranger Kelly, and to hear the result of the charges laid against him. The prisoner has greatly improved under the better and regular diet he has had since his incarceration, and has become quite “flash.” We are told that his language is hideous, and if he recover his liberty at Kyneton, and again join Power—as no doubt he soon would—we are inclined to think he would be far more dangerous than heretofore. Continue reading Spotlight: Young Kelly on remand (13 May 1870)
This month’s Gazette features articles about Ned Kelly, Mary Ann Bugg, the Queensland Native Police, bushranging around Sydney, and the launch of new websites for Tasmanian bushrangers. Continue reading Bushranging Gazette #14
My dear Sir Henry Parkes
I find by the newspapers that you have been very liberal in offering a reward for the Kelly gang or any one of them Now Sir Henry the man that takes I Captain E. Kelly will have to be a plucky man for I do not intend to be taken alive. And as I would as soon die in NSW as Victoria I will give you or any other person who wishes to take me a fair chance to try your pluck.
Continue reading The Parkes Letter
This month’s gazette features news about tours, exhibitions, books, and various articles from around the web. Continue reading Bushranging Gazette #13