Spotlight: Reward for Walmsley and Webber

Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Thursday 7 October 1830, page 1 GOVERNMENT NOTICE COLONIAL SECRETARY’S OFFICE, SYDNEY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1830. FORTY POUNDS REWARD. NOTICE is hereby given, that a Reward of TWENTY POUNDS will be paid to any Person or Persons who may apprehend and lodge in any of His Majesty’s Gaols, either JOHN WALMSLEY, or WILLIAM WEBBER, alias BALEY, who it appears were for some Months past the Companions of Donahoe in his Depredations ; and all Constables are hereby ordered and directed to use their utmost Endeavours for this Purpose. JOHN … Continue reading Spotlight: Reward for Walmsley and Webber

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

Jack Donohoe: An Overview

As one delves into the history and folklore of bushranging, the name Jack Donohoe comes up regularly, but there’s usually not a lot of clearly defined information to accompany the name. Donohoe has suffered the fate of Thunderbolt, Hall and Kelly – the myths have become ingrained in the story as much as the facts. Was Jack Donohoe really worthy of folk hero status? Continue reading Jack Donohoe: An Overview