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Frederick Wordsworth Ward, better known as ‘Captain Thunderbolt’, was a bushranger who plagued New South Wales for almost seven years during one of the longest bushranging ‘careers’ in history.
Thunderbolt was intelligent, charming and courageous; a great storyteller who enjoyed much public support despite his crimes. Although a horse thief and a highway robber, he has become something of a romantic figure of Australia’s past. Many legends have grown up around him – stories of a devoted husband and father, a gentleman, a lover of music and literature; a man who hated violence and a victim of the law. The truth, however, is quite a different story!
This book provides a fascinating account of Thunderbolt’s life and some of his more notable exploits. It also refutes many of the popular myths that surround him. It is full of interesting facts and loaded with images, newspaper clippings and records.
Captain Thunderbolt is part of the Australian Bushrangers series by librarian and historical researcher, Jane Smith. This enterta ining series details the lives of six of Australia’s most famous bushrangers of the gold rush era. The books are written especially for middle primary readers, but will appeal to history lovers of all ages.
The Australian Bushrangers series by librarian and historical researcher, Jane Smith, details the colourful lives of six of Australia’s most famous bushrangers of the gold rush era: Captain Thunderbolt, Captain Moonlite, Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, and the two men known as ‘Captain Starlight’.
Based on meticulous research of primary sources such as birth, death and marriage certificates, Police Gazettes, Court, policeand gaol records, letters and newspaper articles, Jane Smith, has produced a series of books that align with the nationalcurriculum and are both entertaining and historically accurate; for the first time dispelling many of the myths.
These simply written, concise narratives provide an insight into the lives of these bushrangers. From their family background,crimes, family and gang members, the circumstances and events that led him to crime, and where relevant, his capture and death, the books are full of interesting facts and loaded with images, newspaper clippings and records.
"Author Jane Smith has provided an engaging, at times riveting, study of six of Australia's most infamous bushrangers, effectively debunking the myths and exposing the raw criminality of these outlaws." - Magpies Magazine, 2015
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