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Jack Donohue Essay

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IntroductionJack Donohoe was a confident convict and a ferocious criminal, he only stood 5 feet 4 inches (160 cm) tall but this just made his personality as big and bossy as a mother about to spank her child with a wooden spoon. He had pale freckly skin with blonde coloured hair, and a flaming red scar under his left nostril.Date and place of birthJack Donohoe was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1808 some say 1806 (date was not recorded).Family and life before bushrangingIn the 1820's life had been difficult for Jack. His family was poor and none of them had jobs. Jack turned into a rebel. When Jack was eighteen he was transported under a life sentence for 'Intent to commit a felony', which means that he meant to commit a crime. He was transported on the sailing ship 'Ann & Amelia', and he arrived in Sydney on the 2nd of January 1826.Reasons for BushrangingJack Donohoe's reasons for bushranging were: He was a rebel who didn't like keeping to the rules and disobeyed the Police; He wanted a better life, to be well off and have a lots of money; He wanted to be well known; He was Irish and disliked the English telling the Irish what to do.Crimes committedConvicts who escaped from prison were called "Bolters". When Jack arrived in Sydney he was sent to work for John Pagan from Parramatta, He got in trouble and got sent off to build roads, shortly after this he got a job to work for Major West in Quakers Hill. It was not long after that he took off with two other men named Smith and Kilroy. In 1827 after stealing several bullock drays* on the Sydney to Windsor road, Jack and his gang were caught and were sentenced to death. While being escorted from the court to Sussex Street Gaol, Donohoe escaped but his companions were not so lucky, and they were hanged.Jack teamed up with three other men called William Underwood (Darkey), Jack Walmsley and Bill Webber (a good horseman). Not long after Underwood left to start his own gang. They bushranged as west as Bathurst, as North as the Hunter Valley and as south as Yass and terrorised the residents of New South Wales. Together they held up the coach of Reverend Samuel Marsden a famous churchman. They also held up Captain Charles Sturt's farm on May 22nd 1830. When Jack recognised the famous explorer he apologised and gave the money back. He challenged the captain to try and catch him because the captain was a judge.A reward of one hundred pounds was given for the capture of Jack Donohoe.Bullock Dray is a cart pulled by strong animals such as a bull.Capture and death of Jack DonohoeOn the 1st of September 1830, troopers at Bringelly near Campbelltown had surrounded Jack Donohoe and his gang. The troopers started shooting in a violent rage. During the shoot-out, Donohoe...

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