The Wild Colonial Boys

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YouTube - "The Wild Colonial Boy" by Dr Hook
Australian Bushrangers

After the convict bushrangers came a new type of Bushranger. They were wild colonial boys, some were born in the Australian bush and often from poor free settlers. They were skilled horsemen and stronger and healthier than the Bushrangers before them. Some of Australia's most famous bushrangers were wild Colonial boys ie Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, Martin Cash...Were they Colonial Robin Hoods or murderous thugs

Jack Donahue aka Bold Jack Donahue

Jack Donahue was a [1]bushranger in Australia between 1825 and 1830. Known as "Bold Jack Donahue", he became part of the notorious Wild Colonial Boys. [2]Jack Donahue was immortalised in the ballad The Wild Colonial Boy authorities tried to ban the song, however were unsuccessful instead it became a ballad of defiance, being sung by generations of Australians and becoming part of Australian folklore with time, the lyrics changed with the name of John Donohoe becoming Jack Doolan, Jack Dowling and even Jim Doolan however the line that struck a chord with many Australians was "'I'll fight but not surrender', cried the Wild Colonial boy.

Frank Gardiner - Ben Hall Gang

The Frank Gardiner–Ben Hall Gang was a group of criminals who roamed the central west of New South Wales, Australia in the 1860s the gang was responsible for the [3]largest gold robbery in Australia’s history at Eugowra Rocks the gang joined up in 1861 its demise came with the execution of John Dunn in 1866. [4] Ben Hall was shot dead in the bush near Forbes.Frank Gardiner was Sentenced to 32 years in prison served 10 years and then exiled from Australia

Frederick Ward aka Captain Thunderbolt

Frederick Ward aka Captain Thunderbolt was an Australian bushranger.He was a splendid horseman who was known for his horseriding skills.Captain Thunderbolt evaded capture for 6 years, the longest of any bushranger,which was mainly due to his wife Mary Ann Bugg a half aboriginal that knew the bush. Many think it wasn't Thunderbolt that was killed by [5] Constable Walker, but his[6]uncle Harry,who was the brother of his mother Sarah.Harry Ward was posing as Thunderbolt, in the Uralla area at the time.A autopsy photo shows a man who was much older then Frederick Ward.It is thought that after 8 weeks, Frederick and his mother Sarah Ann Shepherd went to Morpeth on the Hunter River, near Newcastle than caught a boat to San Francisco then moving to Canada .

Martain Cash and Lawrence Kavenagh aka Cash and Co

Martin Cash was a convict bushranger known for escaping twice from Port Arthur, Van Diemen's Land his 1870 autobiography The Adventures of Martin Cash, ghostwritten by the former convict James Lester Burke, became a best seller in Australia, he is one of the only bushrangers to die of old age.Martin Cash, George Jones and [7]Lawrence Kavenagh became known as Cash and Co after the three escaped from Port Arthur, the so called escape proof colony.

Andrew Scott aka Captain Moonlite and the Moonliters

Andrew George Scott was also known as Captain Moonlite, he was a bushranger and folk figure.He worked with a gang called the Moonliters . Scott assembled a gang of young men, with James Nesbitt as his second in command and the others being Thomas Rogan (22 yrs),Thomas Williams (19 yrs), Gus Wernicke (15 yrs) and Graham Bennet (18 yrs). James Nesbitt was shot and killed. Andrew Scott and Thomas Rogan were hanged together in Sydney at Darlinghurst gaol on 20th January 1880. Andrew Scott died wearing a ring woven from a lock of Nesbitt's hair on his finger and his final request was to be buried in the same grave as his constant companion, My dying wish is to be buried beside my beloved James Nesbitt, the man with whom I was united by every tie which could bind human friendship, we were one in hopes, in heart and soul and this unity lasted until he died in my arms.[8] His request was not granted by the authorities of the time, but his remains were exhumed from Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney and reinterred at Gundagai next to Nesbitt's grave in January 1995.

Henry Johnson aka Harry Power

Harry Power was an Australian bushranger, who at one time had Ned Kelly, another bushranger, serve as his accomplice while a teenager. The Victorian government offered a reward of £200, soon increased to £500, for Power's arrest as a result he moved to New South Wales he returned to Victoria where he evaded the police efforts to capture him, he was arrested on 5 June 1870 by Superintendents Nicolson and Hare, who with Sergeant Montford and a black tracker, surprised Power in his hide out (Power's Lookout) overlooking the Quinn property on the King River. The police were led there by James Quinn, who received the reward of £500 Power was sentenced at Beechworth to fifteen-years hard labour on three counts of bushranging and was again held at Pentridge.Power was not released from prison until 9 February 1885, aged 66 for a while he worked as a tour guide for the old Prison Hulk Success, on which he had once served a sentence, and was by then a museum in November 1891[9] Power was fishing, and fell in and drowned in the Murray River at Swan Hill, Victoria.


  1. Wikipedia - Jack Donahue
  2. Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954) P.12; 26th September 1930 Article The words to Wild Colonial Boy
  3. The Lyndhurst Shire Chronicle (NSW : 1897 - 1941; 1944 - 1954) p.2; 22nd September, 1951 Article Ben Hall and gang rob bank
  4. The Australian News for Home Readers (Vic. : 1864 - 1867) p.1; 25th May, 1865 Article - Capture and death of Ben Hall
  5. Inquest into the death of Captain Thunderbolt Barry Sinclair
  6. Sydney Morning Herald Dead ringer for Thunderbolt By LISA CARTY NSW POLITICAL EDITOR December 20, 2009
  7. Kavanagh Family - Lawerance Kavanagh
  8. The Canberra Times p.2; Saturday 14 January, 1995 article; Captain Moonlite wishes granted 115 years after his death
  9. Newspaper Clipping - Death of Harry Power

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