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Portrait of Mary Ann Bugg ("Thunderbolt ...Life and Legend" exhibition, McCrossin's Mill Museum)

Unknown19th Century

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
Sydney, Australia

Two of the most widely-known figures from the convict era of Cockatoo island (1839 to 1869) are Frederick Ward, a serial horse thief, and his wife, First Nations Bush Ranger Mary Ann Bugg. In 1863, Ward cemented his place in Australian folklore when he escaped from Cockatoo Island with the aid of Bugg. Risking shark attack, Bugg swam to Cockatoo Island and left Ward a metal file, allowing him to shed his chains and paddle to freedom. Ward subsequently gained notoriety for bushranging and earned the moniker ‘Captain Thunderbolt’.

Image courtesy of McCrossin's Mill Museum, Uralla NSW

Details

  • Title: Portrait of Mary Ann Bugg ("Thunderbolt ...Life and Legend" exhibition, McCrossin's Mill Museum)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 19th Century
  • Location Created: Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, NSW
  • Physical Dimensions: Unknown
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: McCrossin's Mill Museum, Uralla NSW
  • Medium: Photograph

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