JACK DONOHOE - AUSTRALIAN BUSHRANGER
John ‘Jack’ Donohoe arrived in Sydney NSW from Dublin on the Ann & Amelia on 6 January, 1825 after he had been sentenced in 1823 for the crime of intent to commit a felony.
Donohoe soon absconded from his assignment and took to the bush with two confederates. After their capture they were all tried in the Supreme Court in February 1828, found guilty and sentenced to death.
On 1 March 1828 Donohoe escaped from custody between the Court and the gaol in Sussex Street Sydney. His escape seemed to make him a folk hero at the time in NSW. From this point on Donohoe became the most wanted bushranger in New South Wales. Donohoe’s new partner’s in crime were John Walmsley and William Webber.
Donohoe’s gang terrorised the country from the Bathurst area south to the neighbourhood of Yass, east to the Illawarra, and north through the County of Cumberland to Wollombi on the southern approaches to the Hunter River valley.
On 1 September 1830 Donohoe, Webber and Walmsley were ambushed by police near Campbelltown NSW. Donohoe was shot and killed. The other 2 escaped but were soon captured. Webber and Walmsley subsequently made a number of confessions, which included confessions concerning a burglary at Oldbury in 1829, which led to the release and pardon of the Campbelltown convicts who had been convicted of the crime.
The story is told in my book The Campbelltown Convicts which can be purchase at: