In the 1800s Australia was home to a unique brand of outlaws called "bushrangers". Robbing travellers on the highways and also getting caught up in crimes ranging from arson to murder, bushrangers were a diverse collection of characters who often wore brightly coloured crimean shirts, moleskin trousers and cabbage tree hats creating a distinctive look.
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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. Eventually he was lured into a trap and killed for the bounty on his head.
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Master of the bluff, Harry Power was a bushranger with a proud record of never shedding blood. Twice escaping from Pentridge Prison, he frequently baffled authorities with his ability to traverse vast distances between robberies and is known as Ned Kelly's tutor in bushranging. Power disappeared mysteriously in the 1890s but it is believed he died in 1892 though some believe he survived long after that.
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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).
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One of Australia's most prolific outlaws, Ben Hall, committed hundreds of offenses from robberies to holding up entire towns in the span of three years. He was the most wanted man in the British Empire until he was gunned down by police in 1865.
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Andrew George Scott may not have been the most successful bushranger or even the best suited to the bushranging lifestyle but he is still the most renowned gay bushranger. Leading a gang of boys in a short, violent criminal career including his boyfriend Jimmy Nesbitt, Captain Moonlite was an eccentric through and through. Having served in the Maori Wars and worked for a time as a lay preacher on the Australian goldfields, Scott frequently found himself in trouble with authorities.
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Martin Cash was one of Tasmania's most notorious bushrangers, famed for escaping Port Arthur - TWICE. He formed a gang with two other convicts, George Jones and Lawrence Kavanagh, called Cash and Co. It all came tumbling down when he tried to murder his cheating wife and got nabbed. After many years in prison he produced a book about his life and died as an old man - one of the few bushrangers to do so.
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