Daniel 'Mad Dog' Morgan

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Daniel ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan
Christina Chong
Society & Environment

In the 19th century bushrangers were classified as robbers. They settled in areas like bush and forests as their base. Most of the bushrangers were convicts from Britain who have escaped from assigned penal colonies in NSW and Van Diemen’s Land (currently known as Tasmania). By 1850’s an increase of ambush and robbery began because of the gold rush. The last bushranger had disappeared by 1880. Most bushrangers were not shot by police but were hung for their punishment in front of crowds so they could be ashamed and embarrassed.

The bush ranger that I have chosen is Daniel Morgan also known as Mad Dog or ‘Daniel Mad Morgan. The son of Jack Fuller, a costermonger (street seller), and Katherine “Kate “Owen, a prostitute was born in 1830 and died on the 9th of April 1865. He was given the nickname of Mad and Mad Dog because of his sudden mood swings. Daniel Morgan attended the Catholic School at Campbellton. I chose to do Daniel Morgan because his name (including “Mad Dog”) sounded very interesting and appealing to research and do my report on. His history was quite interesting to me during his teenage life and what he had to go through during the 1800’s and how life was different to what is was then and now. There were also quite a few resources about Morgan in the library as there were not enough computers for everyone, so he was an easy bushranger to get information from let alone from books.

Daniel Morgan was born in 1830 and died on the 9th of April 1865. He was the son of the A scruffy beard; he walked differently to everybody else since he had knocked knees. Morgan went to the Catholic School at Campbellton. During his teenage years he went to Berrima Gaol for 6months after he assaulted a police officer as well as being a pick-pocket. Back in the 1800’s mental illnesses was recognized but never diagnosed; they didn’t have medication or therapy for mental...
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