Two of the most infamous bushrangers to have graced Tasmania’s shores, William Westwood (alias Jackey Jackey) and Lawrence Kavanagh, were both executed for their role in a deadly riot on Norfolk Island in 1846.
Twelve of the desperadoes at Norfolk Island had been hung, among whom were the notorious Jackey Jackey, and Lawrence Kavanagh, the Van Diemen’s Land bushranger.
One of William Westwood’s final letters, written just prior to his execution. Continue reading Spotlight: The Last Declaration of Jackey Jackey (1846)
We have been recently favoured with important intelligence from this Island, and as it is but rarely any of the doings of that unhappy spot reach the public ear or eye, we are glad to have it in our power to communicate an account of the late proceedings, upon which our readers may rely; and a more melancholy one can scarcely be imagined. The following is a correct account of the late transactions, and of the incentives, which terminated in so frightful and fatal a tragedy… Continue reading Spotlight: NORFOLK ISLAND RIOTS —Slaughter of Human Beings
Geelong Advertiser and Squatters’ Advocate (Vic. : 1845 – 1847), Wednesday 1 October 1845, page 2 HOBART TOWN. TRIAL OF JACKEY JACKEY. William Westwood (Jackey Jackey) was capitally charged with robbing (being armed with a gun) Mr P. S. Tomlins, at Redlands. on the 10th August ; of a one pound note, a half-crown, and a shilling. The prosecutor stated that he was at Redlands on the day in question, and in the parlour at Redlands: between seven and eight in the evening a man suddenly entered the room, armed with a gun, which he pointed in the direction of … Continue reading Spotlight: Trial of Jackey Jackey (Account of the robbery of Tomlins)
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
WHEREAS it has been represented to the Government that William Westwood, by the Ship Mangles (7), a Prisoner of the Crown, commonly known by the name of Jacky Jacky, who was convicted at the late Circuit Court, at Berrima, and sentenced to Transportation for Life, has effected his escape from the Watch-house at Picton, and is now at large :— His Excellency the Governor directs it to be notified, that a reward of Twenty Pounds will be paid to any Free person or persons who shall apprehend the said Jacky Jacky, and lodge him in any of Her Majesty’s Gaols
Tuesday 1 June, 2021 The past month has seen fewer headlines, but by no means has it been without news. In this issue of Bushranging Gazette we discuss some recent occurrences and highlight related articles that have popped up, including a book announcement and the passing of two popular authors. A Guide to Australian Bushranging on the radio 7pm tonight Aidan Phelan will be discussing Tasmanian bushrangers with Paul McIntyre. Tassie locals can tune into 936 AM (radio) or Channel 25 (television) for ABC Radio Hobart. You can listen to the broadcast online here: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/ https://www.abc.net.au/radio/people/paul-mcintyre/11313616 New book announced covers … Continue reading Bushranging Gazette #4
Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828 – 1857), Tuesday 5 April 1842, page 3 THE PORT ARTHUR BUSHRANGERS. The report that Westwood, or as he is generally called “the notorious Jacky Jacky,” has absconded from Port Arthur with six of his Sydney comrades and three of the Port Arthur “old hands,” has occasioned no trifling alarm in the minds of those who may be subjected to their visitation. Bad as are many of the individuals at that settlement, those who have absconded are perhaps the worst of the whole number — men, who are regardless of consequences, and who imagine … Continue reading Spotlight: The Port Arthur Bushrangers
With multiple film productions about Ned Kelly underway, it’s clear that bushrangers are becoming a popular topic once more. However, there are many bushrangers who deserve their own films as well and here are some of the great stories waiting to be brought to life. Some have been brought to the screen before in silent films that have since vanished, some were slated to be filmed but the projects never got off the ground and some just had bad outings in the past. Continue reading Ten Bushrangers Who Deserve Their Own Movie