Captain's Lady: Mary Ann Bugg. "
by Kali Bierens (Ward)
Published Oct, 2008
Review by Barry Sinclair June, 2009
book was written by Kali as part of her requirements for the Degree of Bachelor
of Arts in Aboriginal Studies, Uni. of
On page iii Kali writes “A closer examination of events reveals that Thunderbolt’s Aboriginal wife, Mary Ann, was crucial to his survival. Yet she has been erased from the legend. Many of our folk heroes could not have survived without the support of Aboriginal Australians. However the mateship ethos continues to exclude both Aboriginal people and women.”
book reveals the positive, yet seldom acknowledged, contribution the Aboriginal
people have made on the development of
On page 22, Kali states: “ Bushrangers who formed unions with Aboriginal women became recognised as kin and therefore were expected to reciprocate by sharing their loot. In return they were shielded from detection, supplied with fresh horses, rations, and vital information. The value of such alliances should not be over looked”. This alliance certainly contributed to Thunderbolt being the longest serving Bushranger.
This is certainly one of the best books on the life of Mary Ann Bugg to date. It is a must read for anyone doing research on Thunderbolt or interested in the study of race relations on the colonial frontier.
For a link to a full copy of this book where a copy can be downloaded, go to:- http://eprints.utas.edu.au/8748/
book can be read for research purposes at Newling
Heritage Centre, at the southern end of