Police Report of ANN JACKSON, 27 June 1827

APPREHENSION OF BUSHRANGERS

Information having been received by the Police, some days ago, of several men having been seen lurking in the neighbourhood of a place called Mudbank, four constables were despatched in that direction, from Sydney, on the morning of Friday last.

The constables started off at day break; and, when they had got to a distance of about 24 miles from Sydney, not far from the farm of a person named CONNOLLY, they fell in with on the high road a man who called himself JONES. He was quite unarmed, and was without any difficulty secured by the four constables. This man was either unwilling or unable to give any intelligence of the objects of the constables’ search, that night; and, until the close of the following day, the constables were still unsuccessful in their object: but shortly after nightfall, on Saturday, the light of a fire suddenly appeared in the distance; it was about half a mile off. As the party approached closer, the shadows of two men, cowering close to the fire, appeared projected on the rock under which they seemed to be sitting; the constables concealed themselves among the contiguous brush, and had a full view of their destined prey; the party consisted of two men and a woman; they were in earnest conversation when the constables rushed upon and secured them; the woman made an effort to escape, but was without difficulty retaken. One of the prisoners is reported by his captors to have have expressed a hearty regret, that he had not overheard the approach of the constables; as, if he had, “there certainly would have been a fight for it.” On searching about, were found two muskets, on full cock, charged heavily with ball and buck shot, and a powder horn, but nothing else worth noticing. One old thread-bare blanket was the only covering the wretched creatures had with them.

On their way to Sydney, the men said they had been in the bush for some time; one of them so long as two years. The woman’s named is ANN JACKSON; she ran away from the factory, and joined the two former acquaintances, with whom she was taken. MARTIN and JONES are the names of the men; the former is said to have run away from one of the Assistant Land Surveyor’s, whilst the latter was employed in measuring ground in the bush; the prisoner had been left in charge of a boat, in which were a government musket and some provisions; both musket and man disappeared.

See Original:OFFENCES,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848), Wednesday 27 June 1827, p.3

See also: Police Report of ANN JACKSON, 29 June 1827