Captain Thunderbolt & his lady

Looking for the definitive story about bushrangers Frederick Ward & Mary Ann Bugg?

Captain Thunderbolt and his Lady: the true story of bushrangers Frederick Ward and Mary Ann Bugg

by Carol Baxter (published by Allen & Unwin 2011)

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He was the gentleman bushranger … she was the woman who rode with him. This is the true story of Captain Thunderbolt and his lady.

“Bail up!” demanded Captain Thunderbolt before he shouted the bar with the innkeeper’s own profits. Driven into banditry by injustice, this colonial Robin Hood, magnificent horseman & skilled bushman was celebrated by his victims as vigorously as he was hunted by the law.

She was his chief lieutenant, his eyes & his ears. Intelligent & beautiful, Mary Ann Bugg dressed as a man, rode like a man, & helped keep Thunderbolt ahead of the troopers & trackers intent on pursuing him until his end. Until one day…

Compellingly written & richly detailed, Captain Thunderbolt & His Lady has it all – action, drama & two protagonists who defied social conventions for freedom. This is an unputdownable story of an extraordinary partnership & a fresh retelling of one of Australia’s greatest bushranging stories.

CAROL BAXTER is an adjunct lecturer at the University of New England, Fellow of the Society of Australian Genealogists, & author of An Irresistable Temptation and Breaking the Bank. Her website is