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P3176 Photograph, carte-de-visite, post-mortem photograph of Fred Ward (Captain Thunderbolt) Australian bushranger, paper / card, Henry Burrell, New South Wales, Australia, c1870. Click to enlarge.

Carte-de-visite post mortem photograph of Fred Ward

Photographed
This photograph of Captain Thunderbolt was taken in the Uralla courthouse where photographer, Mr Cunningham of Armidale took the portrait. The photograph sold for one shilling a copy. The body was also placed on public display and hundreds came to observe the famous bushranger in death.

Fred Ward was the only prisoner to escape from Cockatoo Island when it was a convict gaol in 1863. He was eventually shot by Captain Walker (an off-duty policeman) in 1870 after a dramatic showdown when Walker …

Summary

Object No.

P3176

Object Statement

Photograph, carte-de-visite, post-mortem photograph of Fred Ward (Captain Thunderbolt) Australian bushranger, paper / card, Henry Burrell, New South Wales, Australia, c1870

Physical Description

Head and torso view of the body of Fred Ward bushranger who was shot dead by Constable Walker in May 1870. His shirt is open and reveals a wound on his chest.

Marks

On front, inscribed in ink 'M425', presumably the Royal Australian Historical Society's number.
On reverse, label on which is typed 'Post-mortem Photo of / Fred Ward / (Thunderbolt) / Australian Bushranger' and written in ink 'Presented by/ Harry Burrell/ 24-7.44. / M425'.

Dimensions

Height

98 mm

Width

63 mm

Production

Notes

Fred Ward was the only prisoner to ever stage a successful escape from Cockatoo Island. After he got
away he made for New England in New South Wales north-west. He became known as the notorious
bush ranger Captain Thunderbolt. He was eventually shot by Captain Walker (an off-duty policeman)
in 1870 after a dramatic showdown when Walker shot Thunderbolt's horse out from under him in swamp land near Uralla.
Ward's body was taken to Uralla courthouse where photographer, Mr Cunningham of Armidale took a portrait. The photograph sold for one shilling a copy. The body was also placed on public display and hundreds came to observe the famous bushranger in death.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Royal Australian Historical Society, 1981

Acquisition Date

14 August 1981

Cite this Object

Harvard

Carte-de-visite post mortem photograph of Fred Ward 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 January 2022, <https://ma.as/324538>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/324538 |title=Carte-de-visite post mortem photograph of Fred Ward |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=19 January 2022 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}