Death of Donohoe [4 September 1830]

[Editor: Notification of the death of the bushranger John (“Jack”) Donohoe. Published in the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 4 September 1830.]

Death of Donohoe.

This daring marauder has at length been met by that untimely fate which he so long contrived to avoid. On Wednesday evening, at dusk, as a party of the Mounted Police were riding through the bush at Reiby, near Campbell Town, they came up with three bushrangers, one of whom was Donahoe; on being called upon to stand, they threw away their hats and shoes, and ran off, when the Police fired, and killed Donahoe on the spot, one ball entering his neck and another his forehead. Favoured by the dusk, the others made their escape, and in defiance of the dreadful fate of their comrade, that very night broke into a hut and carried off what they wanted. The body of Donahoe was removed to Liverpool, and will be brought to Sydney this morning.

Thus is the Colony rid of one of the most dangerous spirits that ever infested it, and happy would it be were those of a like disposition to take warning by his awful fate.

Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (Sydney, NSW), 4 September 1830, p. 2

[Editor: Whilst the bushranger’s surname is spelt as “Donohoe” in the article’s title, in all places in the main text (i.e. three times) it has been spelt as “Donahoe”; as the surname has been spelt in several different ways over the years (Donohoe, Donahoe, Donahue), these discrepancies have been left as they are, rather than be “corrected”. The spelling used by the Australian Dictionary of Biography is “Donohoe”.]

Further reading:
Russel Ward, “Donohoe, John (Jack) (1806–1830)”, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
Jack Donahue”, Wikipedia

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