The Bushrangers Project and the Collaborative Profile of the Week Present
John Dooling (1856-1882)
John Dooling was a Bushranger.
- Sources are needed.
- Can he be connected to the global tree?
- What did he do wrong that set him on the bushranger's path?
- What was he before?
- What were some of his later misdeeds?
- Perhaps some quotes from "The Wild Colonial Boy" would be appropriate.
- What is know about his last years?
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The Bushrangers Project
There are 3 distinct groups of Australian Bushrangers.
The first era of the Australian Bushrangers was the Convict Bolters. Bolters was a term first used in Van Diemens Land they were convicts who had escaped, and started robbing settlers. These men fled to the bush stealing what they could to survive. Little is known about these men such as John Ceasar, Mathew Beady and Jacky Jacky. They were usually only known in the area were they operated.
The 2nd era of the Australian Bushrangers coincided with the outbreak of the Goldrush in the 1850s, when men and mail coaches carrying large quantities of gold and cash made easy targets. Men such as Ben Hall, Mad Dog Morgan and Captain Thunderbolt became notorious, the newspapers of the day ignored these Bushrangers exploits in favour of the latest Gold strikes. When the gold fever started to recede these outlaws began to make the newspapers.
The 3rd era of the Australian Bushranger, and its last, was from 1878-1880. After 1878 there were no Bushrangers until the Kelly Gang. Ned Kelly and his 3 gang members came to symbolise the hated and distrust poor Australians felt towards the police. The public became fascinated with Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang, as more space was devoted to the Kelly Gang in newspapers then any other Bushranger. Captain Moonlight was another Bushranger of this era.