John Thompson was a member of Captain Thunderbolt’s first gang in 1865. During this time he was working as a bushranger in the gang alongside Mary Ann Bugg, Thomas “The Bull” Hogan and a lad called McIntosh. The gang had been operating since January in the region around the Culgoa and Bokhara rivers when Thompson joined them in February of 1865. Continue reading Spotlight: Portrait of John Thompson
It would be easy to reference the Biblical figure of Judas turning Jesus over to the Romans for a bag of silver when examining Mick Coneley – in fact there is a book about his actions that directly makes that … Continue reading Spotlight: Portrait of Mick Coneley
The first A Guide to Australian Bushranging Fan Art February was small but had good participation from our followers. A winner in the give-away has been chosen, but first here’s a re-cap of the artwork that was included… The first … Continue reading Spotlight: Fan Art February 2018 round-up
It’s Fan Art February at A Guide to Australian Bushranging. Do you have a sketch, painting, sculpture, photograph or cosplay that you’d like to share? Perhaps a drawing based on your favourite bushranger film or a Lego set based on a historic building or event? Continue reading Fan Art February 2018
Many people have a very clear image in their head of Ned Kelly: tall, muscular, bushy beard and pompadour hairstyle. This image is Ned Kelly a day before his execution, almost six months after he was nearly shot to pieces … Continue reading Looking for Ned: Life versus Legend
This engraving of a black tracker finding the dead body of Joe Byrne is a rather dramatised image that ironically downplays the drama of the scene. Joe’s body was recovered from the Glenrowan Inn after it had been set on … Continue reading Spotlight: Finding Byrne’s Body.
In 2004, right on the tail end of the last bout of Ned Kelly mania, the National Museum of Australia put together an exhibition looking at outlaws from around the world. Here are some images from that exhibition. Continue reading Spotlight: Outlawed! Rebels, Revolutionaries and Bushrangers