The Jew Boy Gang

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Date: 1840 to 1841
Location: New South Walesmap
Surnames/tags: Convict Bolters Australian Bushrangers
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Australian Bushrangers

In 1840 the [1]Jew Boy Gang began their robberies.The gang consisted mainly of runaway convicts known as Convict Bolters and convict servants. They worked in the areas of Maitland, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Wollombi, Dungog, Muswellbrook and Scone. They stole horses when they needed them and had several run ins with the law before they were finally captured at Doughboy Hollow . They were hanged on 16 March 1841.

In 1839 Edward Davis formed a bushranger gang of escaped convicts which roamed in New South Wales. Their main hideout was at Pilcher's Mountain, near Dungog. The gang members were thought of as Robin Hood, giving some of their loot to their assigned convict servants, they also had a gallant air and wore flamboyant clothes, they would also tie pink ribbons to their horses' bridles. Edward Davis had a rule that violence was only permissible in order to escape capture. In December 1840 during a robbery a store keeper's clerk was killed by gang member John Shea at Scone Edward Davis was some where else in the town at the time.Edward Davis and the gang returned to their hideout at [2]Doughboy Hollow at Murrurundi. [3] A posse followed them led by Mr. Day, police magistrate, who had formerly served as lieutenant in the 17th Regiment and 4 civilians. There was a shootout, and Davis was wounded in the shoulder. Davis, John Everett, John Shea, Robert Chitty, James Bryant and John Marshall were captured, Richard Glanvill escaped.

Their trial was in Sydney, John Shea charged with murder and the others with aiding and abetting him. They were all found guilty by a jury and condemned to death. There was public sympathy for Edward Davis with many appealing for a reprieve, but the Executive Council upheld the sentence. Edward Davis was hanged on 16 March 1841. Davis was a Jew, and was referred to later as "Teddy the Jewboy".He was buried in the Jewish portion of the Sydney Devonshire Street Cemetery.

Members of the Jew Boy Gang were
  • Edward Davis - Arrived on the Camden in 1833
  • Robert Chitty - Arrived on the Sophia in 1829
  • James Everett - Arrived on the Mangles in 1833
  • John Shea - Arrived on the Calcutta in 1837
  • John Marshall - Arrived on the Clyde in 1832
  • Richard Glanville - Arrived on the Lord Lyndoch in 1838
Other Bushrangers that sometimes associated with the Gang
  • Francis Knight
  • John Wilson
  • George Haines
  • Bartholomew McCann.


  1. The Scone Avocate 4th October 1929 The Jew Boy Gang of Bushrangers
  2. Doughboy Hollow
  3. The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser 9th April, 1875 article the Jew Boy gang at Dough Boy Hollow

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Great article! Thanks for sharing.
posted by Monika Lonster