He fell foul of the police at an early age, was befriended by a local bushranger , and at 15 was imprisoned for three years on horse stealing charges.
The bushranger was hanged in Melbourne in 1880 after being captured in a shoot-out with police in the small town of Glenrowan, Victoria.
This is no ordinary bushranger , but a man pushed too far, fighting not just for himself but his class.
The state was humiliated in the 1860s by a spectacular revival of bushranging, when bushrangers for the first time became national heroes, their exploits carried by telegraph and newspaper Australia-wide.
American bushrangers advocate a long heavy pea-rifle, on the plea of its accurate shooting, and the enormous saving in weight of ammunition when bullets of a small size are used.
Like many bushrangers , he was Irish in origin, the son of a father with a lurid, criminal past, and a mother with a fiery temper, a taste for strong liquor and grizzled lovers.