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This is where I live, Thunderbolt Country, in Uralla, NSW.

Frederick Wordsworth Ward (aka Captain Thunderbolt) (15th May 1833–25 May 1870)) was an Australian bushranger renowned for escaping from Cockatoo Island with the help of his wife Mary Ann Bugg, and for committing over 200 crimes over six and a half years across the northern section of the state of New South Wales.

He is the son of Sarah Ward, daughter of Michael Ward, a convict. He was born at Wilberforce in New South Wales in May 1833. He became a groom and horse breaker by the age of 20.

Ward became involved in a scheme to steal horses and was arrested, leading to a sentence of ten years with hard labour at Cockatoo Island. He was released after four years and given a ticket of leave to his sister’s property at Mudgee in 1860. After his release, he followed Mary Ann Bugg to Stroud where he married her and settled down, until he arrived late for monthly muster at Mudgee a few days before his first child was born and was accused of stealing the horse he was riding. He was sent back to prison to finish his sentence, plus a further four years for horse stealing.

On September 11, 1863 he escaped with the help of Mary Ann Bugg, who had swum across the shark infested waters to Cockatoo Island, carrying with her tools to help Ward escape. Ward, Bugg and another prisoner, Fred Britten, made a daring swim for freedom and the couple soon became notorious bushrangers, committing crimes ranging from highway robbery to horse stealing and earning Ward the name Captain Thunderbolt. They operated widely across the Hunter Valley-Tamworth-New England region from 1864 to 1870. On one occasion they even rode as far west as Bourke. During this time, Ward and Mary Ann Bugg managed to have four children.

On May 25, 1870, Thunderbolt was shot dead by Constable Alexander Walker after a long chase on horseback, however, a few Uralla locals claim that it was his brother, William (Harry) Ward, who was killed at this time and not Fred Ward.

Thunderbolts grave lies in the small town of Uralla, NSW.


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Australian Fine Art Photographer, Dip of Fine Arts (Photography), whose work is inspired by a love of nature and the abstract.
My photographs concentrate on the light, lines, colour, shape and form found in nature…… from bushland to beaches, even my own backyard.
I hope to surprise and intrigue the viewer with my work and explore the notion that beauty exists everywhere…in the right light!

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  • Kitsmumma
    Kitsmummaalmost 6 years ago

  • Victor Bezrukov
    Victor Bezrukovalmost 6 years ago

    stunning framing and simple view !
    love the colors !

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoalmost 6 years ago

    great work Sylvia, lovely comp and beautiful scenery

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellalmost 6 years ago

    Interesting story of NSW, the picture is reminisent of views I see here in the states, your antique treatment gives it more interest.

  • flower68
    flower68almost 6 years ago

    gorgeous photograph!and loved reading the story.

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