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But Martin Cash’s good luck didn’t desert him. Just one hour before he was due to hang, the Governor decreed that Cash should live. Perhaps his reputation as a ‘gentleman bushranger’ had spread to the Governor. 30 Cash was transported to Norfolk Island, an even harsher prison than Port Arthur. There could be no escape this time. Norfolk Island was a speck of land in the middle of the Tasman Sea, more than 1500 kilometres from Sydney. Not even Martin Cash could swim to freedom from there! Change for Cash But there was no need to worry about Cash escaping.
Several women sobbed aloud as Brady was taken to the public gallows and hanged on 4 May 1826. Rum and rules Was Brady really a gentleman bushranger? It’s true that he was polite to the ladies, but he also caused a lot of trouble. Sometimes, to make sure that the servants didn’t remember much about the robberies, he made them drink so much rum that they passed out. One of 22 these unfortunate people later died of alcohol poisoning. Brady had very strict rules for his gang. His men had to treat women gently (one who didn’t was kicked out) and never injure an unarmed person.
As Thunderbolt’s fame and crime list grew, the reward for his capture went up and up, from £25 to £100 to £200 to £400. 46 SAVED BY MARY Despite this, Thunderbolt had a longer career (about eight years) than most bushrangers, thanks to Mary Anne Baker. She was the daughter of a convict man and an Aboriginal woman. She could read and write, hunt and track. When they ran out of food, Mary Anne could usually find some bush tucker, and her tracking and bushcraft skills saved them from disaster many times.