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Captain Thunderbolt

Return of Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt's Rocks at Uralla

In recent years the activities of bushrangers have been popularised in books and movies. Many country towns from the Hawkesbury River through the Hunter Valley and the New England Ranges to southern Queensland and as far west as Bourke, boast a Thunderbolt landmark.

Photograph (top): Thunderbolt's Rocks,Uralla

Thunderbolt returns to Tocal

Other sites relating to Thunderbolt include:

  • Paterson Court House (museum) where Mary Ann Ward (Thunderbolt's wife) was held
  • Old Maitland Gaol and Court House were Ward and his gang were tried and held
  • caves between Singleton and Maitland
  • two hide-outs at Walcha
  • Thunderbolt's rock at Uralla (pictured above)
  • Blanche's Inn at Uralla
  • Cockatoo Island prison and dockyards in Sydney, and
  • Police and Justice Museum in Sydney.

Today Thunderbolt is a regular visitor to Tocal events. For futher details see coming events.

Photograph: A group of actors re-enact some of Thunderbolt's exploits at Tocal. They are standing in the stables attached to Thunderbolt's Cottage.


1. For recent research on Thunderbolt, including new sources of information, see Carol Baxter's website www.thunderboltbushranger.com.au.

2.Further information is also available in the book Captain Thunderbolt - Horsebreaker to Bushranger which you can buy from Tocal [details]