The Australian Bushrangers Series by librarian and historical researcher, Jane Smith, details the colourful lives of six of Australia’s most famous bushrangers of the gold rush era: Captain Thunderbolt, Captain Moonlite, Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, and the two men known as “Captain Starlight”.
These simply written, concise narratives provide an insight into the lives of these bushrangers, and for the first time dispel many of the myths surrounding them. Based on meticulous research of primary sources, the books are full of interesting facts and loaded with images, newspaper clippings and records.
Frederick Wordsworth Ward, better known as ‘Captain Thunderbolt’, had one of the longest bushranging ‘careers’ in history. Plaguing New South Wales for almost seven years, Thunderbolt enjoyed much public support as he was intelligent, charming and courageous. He has become something of a romantic figure of Australia’s past.