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Books about Australian Bushrangers


List of Books about Australian Bushrangers

Here is a list of over 60 books written about Australian bushrangers. Some are modern and some are written back in 1911. Some are available to purchase on Amazon in book or kindle format. They are in no particular order. I hope you find what you are looking for...

  • Australia's Most Notorious Convicts: From thieves and bushrangers to murderers and cannibals by Barbara Malpass Edwards. Thousands of convicts were transported to Australia. This book shows what became of the most dangerous and desperate of those incarcerated in Australia, and records their deeds.
  • The Birth of a Bushranger by Raymond Boyd Dunn. Who were the young men who took to the bush to follow that dangerous profession? Why did they follow that road? Were they naturally bad, or did something happen which forced them into a life of constant danger? How did they survive when all were turned against them? Did they receive help from otherwise law-abiding folk who were sympathetic to their cause?
    This is the story of one of them. 
    November 21, 2012
  • In Search of Captain Moonlite: Bushranger, Conman, Warrior, Lunatic By Paul Terry looks for the man behind the legend. It uses little-seen histories, a remarkable cache of rare documents, and the records of his time to rewrite the story of a man who was not what he seemed. Allen & Unwin (April 1, 2014)
  • The Last of the Bushrangers An account of the Capture of the Kelly Gang By Francis Augustus Hare. This account is written by the Police chief who tracked them down, and is illustrated with many photographs, including one of Ned Kelly in his famous home-made armour. Originally published in 1882. In this book he speaks freely about his great respect for Ned Kelly and his extreme dislike of his brother Dan.
  • The Adventures of Ben Hall, Bushranger: Bushranger by Raymond Boyd Dunn. Before Ned Kelly, the infamous Australian bushranger, there was Ben Hall. In fact, it is thought by numerous people that many of Ben Hall’s exploits were copied by Ned. Hall operated in New South Wales, and his daring escapades earned him the title of ‘Brave Ben Hall’, making him a part of Australian folklore. Throughout his career outside the law he did not kill anyone, but when the Felons Apprehension Act was passed in 1865, as an outlaw he could be shot and killed without warning. As a result, he was shot by the police from ambush. The legality of his killing remains controversial.
  • Outlaws of the Australian Bush: The Bushranger Series (The Complete Bushranger Series Book 1)  By Raymond Boyd Dunn.  This is a compilation of the five books in the series.1. Bushranger 2. Birth of a Bushranger 3. Millie and the Bushranger 4. Bushranger's Gold. 5. The Adventures of Ben Hall, Bushranger. Outlaws of the Australian Bush is easy reading and gives an insight into the lives of less well known bushrangers. Other books on the subject tend to deal with one particular character whereas this gives a good overview of how the gangs came together, their motivation and day to day lives. 
  • Brady: McCabe, Dunne, Bryan, Crawford, Murphy, Bird, McKenney, Goodwin, Pawley, Bryant, Cody, Hodgetts, Gregory, Tilley, Ryan, Williams, and their ... bushrangers in Van Diemen's Land, 1825-1827. By James Erskine Calder
  • Morgan the murderer: a definitive history of the bushranger Dan Morgan. By Edgar F. Penzig. Tranter Enterprises (January 1, 1
  • Meet Ned Kelly by Janeen Brian. The perfect book for kids learning about Ned Kelly and his gang. This is the first book in a picture book series about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia's history. Reading age 5 - 6 year olds. Penguin Random House Australia; 2nd edition (May 1, 2014)
  • True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey.  Winner of the Booker Prize. Packed with incident, alive with comedy and pathos...contains pretty much everything you could ask for in a novel. In The True Story of the Kelly Gang, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semiliterature but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. Vintage (January 1, 2001)
  • The Old Bush SongsComposed and Sung in the Bushranging, Digging, and Overlanding Days by Andrew Barton Paterson. This book was originally published prior to 1923, and represents a reproduction of an important historical work, maintaining the same format as the original work. Ulan Press (August 31, 2012)
  • The lady bushranger: The life of Elizabeth Jesse Hickman by Pat Studdy-Clift. Hesperian Press (January 1, 1996)
  • Thunderbolts Last Hours by Russ Blanch. A gripping narrative of how the outlaw was finally cornered, shot and bludgeoned, at Kentucky Creek in northern New South Wales. Three women were involved in the Australian bushranger's last days. Their pioneering lives are carefully sketched, together with that of colonial New England. Grah Jean Books (January 1, 2012)
  • Kelly Country: A Photographic Journey by Brendon Kelson. This book looks at the Kellys and their history through images of the places associated with the outbreak of bushranging - from busy to country towns, from squatters' mansions to ruined homesteads, from the gaols to the cemeteries. In doing so, it brings a new perspective to the Kelly story. University of Queensland Press (October 1, 2001)
  • Ned Kelly: The life & adventures of Australia's notorious bushranger. By George Farwell
  • Ned Kelly The Story of Australia's Most Notorious Legend by Peter Fitzsimons. The author has taken the best of the research available, as well as the work of previous authors combined with official historical documentation to produce the ultimate book on Ned Kelly. From Kelly's early days in Beveridge, Victoria, in the mid-1800s, to the "Felons' Apprehension Act," which made it possible for anyone to shoot the Kelly gang, to Ned's appearance in his now-famous armour, prompting the shocked and bewildered police to exclaim He is the devil!' and He is the bunyip!', FitzSimons brings the history of Ned Kelly and his gang exuberantly to life, weighing in on all of the myths, legends and controversies generated by this compelling and divisive Irish-Australian rebel. William Heinemann Australia; Reprint edition (April 1, 2016)
  • Bogong Jack : The Gentleman Bushranger by Eric HARDING
  • Among the Bushrangers by G.A. Henty 
  • Robbery Under Arms: Dark Days on the Highways (Australia in History) by Geoff Hocking. Robbery Under Arms tells the stories of some of the most feared early bushrangers: the Eureka Gang, George Melville, Captain Melville, and Black Douglas, "the scourge of the traveller." Waverton Press; First edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Bushrangers by Charles J. Finger and illustrated with woodcuts by Paul Honore. This is a new release of the original 1924 edition.  Literary Licensing, LLC (October 27, 2013)
  • History of the Australian bushrangers: & The Jerilderie Letter by George Boxall. The history of Australian and New Zealand Bushrangers from first settlement of Australia to the death of Ned Kelly in 1880.  Includes an extensive index of place and person names and the full transcript of Ned Kelly's famous Jerilderie Letter. Skomlin (November 1, 2017)
  • The Bushrangers: Illustrating the Early Days of Van Diemen's Land - Primary Source Edition. By James Bonwick. This is a reproduction of a classic text optimised for kindle devices. We have endeavoured to create this version as close to the original artefact as possible. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we believe they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy. HardPress (May 8, 2018)
  • Ned Kelly's Last Days: Setting the Record Straight on the Death of an Outlaw. By Alex C. Castles. Piecing together a vast jigsaw of obscure records and unpublished material, this exposé follows the final months of one of Australian history's most infamous outlaws. Although many stories and rumors surround the Kelly myth, few know the details of what really happened in the 137 days between his last stand and the day of his execution. Exposing the blatant cover-ups, corruption, and the press's demand for blood that ultimately led to Kelly's death sentence, this book sets the record straight on the highly questionable judicial processes of the time and sheds new light on the life and death of the most famous bushranger of them all. Allen & Unwin; Illustrated edition (July 1, 2006)
  • The Truth about Dan Kelly, brother of outlaw Ned Kelly: his escape from the Inferno & the hangman's Noose By Vince and Carolyn Ann Allen. The book contains several photographs and at the end, lots of testimonies from people who had contact with Dan during his long and adventurous life.
  • NED KELLY: In His Own Words by Waldo Tomosky. Two great books for the price one. BOOK 1: BEHOLD ME! For I am Ned (an Illustrated Narration) Book 1 is a story of Ned Kelly’s bushranger days in Australia. Ned narrates the story. BOOK 2: An Interview with Ned Kelly (A Manifesto) Book 2 contains series of interviews that are held with Ned Kelly. February 12, 2013

  • Dan Kelly - Outlaw by Daniel Kelly. This book is out of print and copyright and I am making it available because of its interesting content. Originally printed in 1911, this copy is a faxcimile of the 1926 edition. The front cover states "being the Memoir of Daniel Kelly, leader of the Kelly Gang of bushrangers supposed to have been slain in the famous fight at Glenrowan."
    This book is his own account of what happened. He is bitter about the Irish situation which led up to the transporting of convicts to Australia, the rough treatment of his father, The book contains wonderful detail of the convict days in Australia, horse and cattle duffing and the way of life of the settlers and convicts at that time.
  • The Bushranger of Van Diemen's Land in 1843-1844; A Personal Narrative of His Exploits in the Bush and His Experiences at Port Arthur and Norfolk Isla By Martin Cash. This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. Van Diemen's Land, 1837. As I did not intend to remain long in Hobart Town, I took furnished lodgings for the present, and in the course of a month I began to think that I had made a great mistake in coming to Van Diemen's Land, seeing no chance whatever of obtaining employment at my own business. My readers will recollect that I was merely a lad on leaving Ireland, and being employed as a stockrider for the last nine years my knowledge as to farming operations was therefore very limited. General Books LLC (February 4, 2012)
  • The Jerilderie Letter by Ned Kelly. The Jerilderie Letter is his remarkable manifesto and a startling record of his voice. Kelly delivered his letter, which Joe Byrne had diligently written out, on Monday 10 February 1879, immediately after his gang had held up the Bank of New South Wales in Jerilderie. He gives an impassioned defence of his actions, condemns those who have wronged him, and sends a chilling warning to those who may yet defy him.

    This illustrated edition, transcribed from the manuscript now housed in the State Library of Victoria, includes a fascinating new introduction by the historian Alex McDermott. The Jerilderie Letter remains one of the most astonishing documents in Australian history. Text Publishing (April 26, 2012)

  • The Story of the Australian Bushrangers (Classic Reprint) By George Boxall





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