Books

18 January 2015

Bushrangers

Bushrangers were part of the Australian scene during the second part of the nineteenth century and into the early years of the twentieth century. Some of them were escaped convicts who had 'gone bush' to escape recapture; some saw bushranging as a way of getting back at colonial authorities, while others felt that the excitement of such a life had the edge on more mundane pursuits such as farming or gold mining.


Although they were lawless and often violent, many of them had a definite respect for the working classes and moved among such people without fear of disclosure. I remember my grandmother telling me that when she was a child living in country NSW beyond Orange, there were often occasions when bushrangers would stop by the family farm with absolutely no thought of doing any harm.

The most famous (or notorious, depending on one's  viewpoint) bushrangers were the Kelly Gang, Ben Hall, Captain Thunderbolt, Dan Morgan, Frank Gardiner...

Bushrangers have been depicted in art and film (for example: 'Ned Kelly', 'Captain Thunderbolt', 'Mad Dog Morgan', 'Robbery Under Arms'...)

The paintings shown here are 'Bailed Up' by Tom Roberts and 'Ned Kelly' by Sidney Nolan

6 comments:

  1. Interesting! Never new much about them... Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  2. No trouble at all, Billy Ray. Lovely of you to pop by.

    ReplyDelete
  3. An interesting piece, Diane. I'd heard of Ned Kelly of course, but not the others. I think I'll have to get "Robbery Under Arms" out of the lending library.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think you would enjoy it, Keith. It is rather long, having been written in serial form; however, it gives a very good picture both of the bushrangers, as actual people, and of the time in which they lived.

      Delete
  4. I remember making a singlet from white fabric with black 'news print' style portraits of some of the more famous (notorious) bushrangers... As a teenager, I thought it was seriously 'cool'... I probably wouldn't wear it today, though it is interesting to see both (or more) sides of the history surrounding the bushrangers.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, as with everything, there are several sides to the history of the bushrangers. Lovely to see you here.

      Delete