The Bushrangers; Illustrating the Early Days of Van Diemen's Land

The Bushrangers; Illustrating the Early Days of Van Diemen's Land

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...Colonel Davey. Annoyed with the depredations of runaways, he tried the military doctrine of martial law, under whose severe penalties he placed the whole island, because he could not catch a few Bushrangers. Governor-General Macquarie, at Sydney, disapproved of these violent and unjustifiable measures. The sapient Davey then tried the virtues of an amnesty. All naughty bush boys who surrendered themselves before a certain day were to be forgiven. The plan was thoroughly successful. Desiring at least a Hobart Town holiday, and a rest from their labours, every Bushranger came in; Howe with the rest. The Governor was satisfied, and so were the thieves. When tired of their vacation, these gentlemen of the woods betook themselves to their old occupation, and the country was thrown into the greatest disorder by their predatory inroads. Michael Howe sought the companionship of kindred souls, and enlisted under the banner of one Whitehead, the leader of a party of twenty-eight brigands. Numerous were the robberies, and not bloodless the conflicts, in which this band were engaged. They broke open homesteads, and burned barns and stacks. A party of military and civilians engaged them in open combat. The Bushrangers recreated to the cover of a large hollow tree. In the conflict one shot pierced the cheeks of Captain O'Birnie, and passed through his tongue; while Mr. Carlisle, a settler, was killed. After the total destruction of Mr. Humphrey's premises, the robbers attacked the mansion of Mr. McCarty's, New Norfolk. They wantonly threw in a volley of shot before their approach. But a secret enemy was near. Apprized of the threatened visit, some soldiers of the 46th lay in ambush. When the Bushrangers had discharged their pieces, the military rose more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123655423X
  • 9781236554239