“The Death of Morgan”


The outlaw Daniel Morgan is killed in an ambush.


According to George Boxall, _The Story of the Australian Bushrangers_, "[Daniel Morgan] was credited with being the most bloodthirsty of the New South Wales bushrangers after Willmore." It was in 1863 that the police realized that he was not associated with Ben Hall or his gang and set out pursuing Morgan. Eventually a price of one thousand pounds was placed on his head.

On the night of April 8, 1865, Morgan set out on a raid in Victoria on a dare from a newspaper. He came to the station of Macpherson and Rutherford. (Asked why he had taken to a life of crime, he claimed he was convicted of a crime he hadn't committed and had escaped.) Morgan was tired enough after several nights without sleep that someone was able to sneak out and summoned help. One of the rescuers shot Morgan from behind a bush. - RBW


  1. Hodgart, p. 230, "The Death of Morgan" (1 text)
  2. Roud #8240
  3. BI, Hodg230


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1955
Keywords: outlaw death
Found in: Australia