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Item: 135141
Surname: Ward (Bushranger - Thunderbolt)
First Name: Frederick
Ship: -
Date: 1932 22 October
Place: Maitland
Source: SMH
Details: Mary Graham's description of meeting 'Thunderbolt' when he visited his family in Maitland in the 1860's. He wore snow white moleskin trousers, top boots, Crimean shirt and a big cabbage tree hat.


 
Item: 135143
Surname: Ward (Thunderbolt)
First Name: Frederick
Ship: -
Date: 1867 12 November
Place: -
Source: MM
Details: Frederick Ward's accomplice Thomas Mason convicted of Highway Robbery with Arms. Mason's plea for mercy


 
Item: 135147
Surname: Ward (Thunderbolt)
First Name: Frederick
Ship: -
Date: 1865 15 August
Place: Namoi River, not far from the Oakey Creek crossing and about 44 miles from Tamworth. Afterwards rode off into the ranges in the direction of Mr. Haydon's place
Source: MM
Details: Robbed the Mail coach driven by Martin Hurley. Thunderbolt wore an old pilot cloth coat, brown cloth trousers much worn inside the knee, wellington boots drawn over the trousers, and an old cabbage tree hat. He had a handkerchief drawn over the lower part of his face from his nose downwards, perhaps to keep warm


 
Item: 135148
Surname: Ward (Thunderbolt)
First Name: Frederick
Ship: -
Date: 1870 31 May
Place: Uralla
Source: MM
Details: The Death of bushranger Frederick Ward (alias Thunderbolt). Found on Ward after his death was a meerschaum pipe in a case and an iron horse shoeing hammer. He had been wearing strapped moleskin trousers and long boots and had two crimean shirts on and an old cabbage tree hat. He had no spurs on and had the appearance of a dirty bush like man without any of the heroine like characteristics attributed to him


 
Item: 135149
Surname: Ward (Thunderbolt)
First Name: Frederick
Ship: -
Date: 1870 31 May
Place: Magisterial enquiry relative to the death of Ward held at mr. Blanch's Inn, Church Gully
Source: MM
Details: Description of Ward appeared in the Police Gazette of 21st October 1863 - Prisoner who had escaped from Cockatoo Island 11th September. A native of Windsor, NSW aged 27. 5ft 8 1/4in, pale sallow complexion, light brown curly hair, hazel grey eyes, mole on the right wrist and two warts on the back of the middle finger of left hand. Shot by Constable Walker alongside a waterhole in Kentucky Creek near the junction of Chilcott's Swamp.


 
Item: 135150
Surname: Ward (Thunderbolt)
First Name: Frederick
Ship: -
Date: 1866 28 August
Place: Between Warialda and Tamworth at Dead Horse Gully 97 miles from Manilla and 25 from Tamworth
Source: MM
Details: A man thought to be Thunderbolt robbed the mailman Thomas Hitchener. Description - 5ft 9 in, age 30, dark brown beard and whiskers, small moustache, with a good deal of beard around the mouth but not much whiskers. Wore a cabbage tree hat, blue monkey jacket and grey tweed trousers and rode a black horse


 
Item: 135151
Surname: Ward (Thunderbolt)
First Name: Frederick
Ship: -
Date: 1866 28 August
Place: Tamworth
Source: MM
Details: Thunderbolt's mistress passed through Tamworth in search of him. Description - 'a very smart woman, intelligent, and could read and write. Had with her 1 child, the rest being with friends. May have some black blood in her veins but not darker than many European women'. Had been sentenced to 6mths imprisonment for vagrancy six months before


 
Item: 165377
Surname: Ward (Thunderbolt)
First Name: Frederick
Ship: -
Date: 14 August 1856
Place: Maitland
Source: MM
Details: Frederick Ward and James Garbutt were indicted for having feloniously stolen, taken and driven away twenty horses, twenty mares and twenty geldings, the property of William Zuill and five horses, five mares and five geldings the property of Charles Reynolds at Maitland on 21st April. Second count accused them of receiving.Witnesses Chief Constable Garvin, Chief Constable Hart, John Zuill, William Zuill, Charles Reynolds, Henry Locock, Michael Blake, Walter McLeod, Constable Keating, Thomas Sleath, Edward Walsmley, William Walmsley, George Seymour. Garbutt was found guilty on the first count and Frederick Ward was found guilty on the second count and both were sentenced to ten years hard labour on the roads.


 
Item: 187459
Surname: Ward (Thunderbolt)
First Name: Frederick
Ship: Born in the colony
Date: 12 August 1919
Place: -
Source: The Inverell Times
Details: Frederick Ward was born at Windsor in 1833. (son of Michael Ward per Indefatigable) He was just a young lad when he went to Maitland where his fame as a horseman soon became well known and he was engaged by Charles Reynolds of Tocal.



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