CaptainThunderbolt, bushranger.

Margaret  Hyde

Ulverstone, Australia

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Frederick Ward, 1835-1870, was born in Windsor, New South Wales. He was working as a drover and horsebreaker when he was arrested for horse stealing in 1856. He was sentenced to 10 years “hard labour” but was granted conditional release in1860. At this time he adopted the name “Captain Thunderbolt”. He returned to horsebreaking and horse stealing and was returned to gaol to serve then rest of his original sentence with an additional three years. He escaped in 1863 and for two years lived with his half-caste Aboriginal “wife”, Mary Ann Bugg, and two children.

Ward continued to rob mail coaches and inns in association with others, including at times two boys of 16 and one of 13. His associates had left him by 1868. In 1870 Ward was chased and shot by Constable Alexander Binney Walker near Uralla. He was buried without religious rites in Uralla cemetery.

Ward was regarded as having great nerve, endurance and unusual self-reliance and his success as a bushranger could be attributed to his horsemanship andn his excellent mounts. He inspired popular sympathy because of his gentlemanly behavious, agreeable appearance and avoidance of violence. He also refrained from robbing armed coaches and towns which had a policeman.

The last of the professional bushrangers in New South Wales, he was the most successful.

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