Australian Bushrangers 1788–1880

Australian Bushrangers 1788–1880 cover

Australian Bushrangers 1788–1880

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Featuring rare period photos, this highly illustrated history tells the story of the frontier outlaws who defied the authorities on the wild Australian frontier in the Victorian era, and the Crown forces who eventually hunted them down.

The first "bushrangers" or frontier outlaws were escaped or time-expired convicts, who took to the wilderness--"the bush"--in New South Wales and on the island of Tasmania. Initially, the only Crown forces available were redcoats from the small, scattered garrisons, but by 1825 the problem of outlawry led to the formation of the first Mounted Police from these soldiers.

The gold strikes of the 1860s attracted a new group of men who preferred to get rich by the gun rather than the shovel. The roads, and later railways, that linked the mines with the cities offered many tempting targets and were preyed upon by the bushrangers.

This 1860s generation boasted many famous outlaws who passed into legend for their boldness. The last outbreak came in Victoria in 1880, when the notorious Kelly Gang staged several hold-ups and deliberately ambushed the pursuing police. Their last stand at Glenrowan has become a legendary episode in Australian history. Fully illustrated with some rare period photographs, this is the fascinating story of Australia's most infamous outlaws and the men tasked with tracking them down.

Table of Contents

Introduction * Origins of British penal settlement in Australia, and how its character
shaped governance and policing. [In each following chronological chapter, emphasis will be given not just to events, personalities, and organized groups, but also to appearance and weapons.] * The first 'bushrangers': escaped prisoners in the 1810s-20s – e.g., Matthew Brady, Martin Cash ('The Robin Hood of Van Diemen's Land'), and 'Bold Jack' Donohoe (the original 'Wild Colonial Boy' immortalised in song) * The government response: British regular troops, and creation of first Mounted Police from military personnel * The 1860s Gold Rush: a new breed of robber gangleaders – e.g., Frank Lowry, 'Captain Moonlight', 'Mad Dog' Dan Morgan, Frank Gardiner, and Ben Hall – formation of new Mounted Police in Victoria and Queensland * The 1870s: robberies, raids and gunfights – hunting down of bushranger gangs * Final outbreak in 1880: the Kelly Gang – Springbark Creek ambush of police – last shoot-out at Glenrowan * Summary and conclusion * Plate Commentaries.

Product details

Published May 21 2019
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472831101
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 525
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Ian Knight

Ian Knight is widely acknowledged as a leading aut…

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Mark Stacey

Mark Stacey was born in Manchester, UK, in 1964 an…

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