Matthew Brady was one of the first major bushrangers in Australian history and led a moderately successful gang in Tasmania in the early 1800s. He earned a reputation as a gentleman bushranger through his courteous behaviour in spite of his criminality, but still found himself at the end of a rope for murder alongside cannibal and baby-killer Mike Jeffries (much to his chagrin).
Tags: australian-history, australia, history, criminal, regency
Michael Howe is one of the most gruesome figures in bushranging history. Unafraid to turn on his accomplices for his own survival, he assumed leadership of John Whitehead's gang when he decapitated Whitehead after a gunfight.
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Jane loved to write, to read, to socialise and sew. She also loved eating and drinking! In one of her letters to her sister she says " You know how interesting the purchase of a new sponge cake is to me" During my research, I found that Jane would have eaten Bundt cake, for breakfast. They did not have baking powder in those days, so it was very labour intensive and made by whisking many eggs. Jane loved buying ribbons and flowers for her bonnets. She loved a good sewing party, even saying she was the best at sewing her brother's shirts. Jane kept the key to the tea cupboard on a chatelaine like the one in this fabric. She was a great tea lover and always made tea every morning for the family.
Tags: cake, hobbies-interests, sewing, tea, shoes-fashion