A Sister Remembered

Being a transported convict, Michael had been torn away from his family and his home in Pontefract, Yorkshire. Within his journal and on the fly leaf of the gardening book he carried with him, Michael wrote of one family member in particular, his beloved sister Mary. Within the gardening book, he recorded her birthday inContinue reading “A Sister Remembered”

The Fight at the Fat Doe River

During the final months of his life in 1818, Michael Howe was pursued and almost captured by James McGill, nicknamed ‘big McGill’ and Musquito an aboriginal tracker from New South Wales, close to the Clyde, then called the Fat Doe River. After robbing a stockman’s hut of ammunition, clothing and food, Michael was tracked byContinue reading “The Fight at the Fat Doe River”

A Bloody Day in October 1818

Being desperately low of ammunition and supplies, Michael had appealed to Warburton for help, having been told by the hunter he could fetch all he needed from Worrell, a stockman for Edward Lord. Feeling uncertain at this plan, Michael requested Warburton to fetch the supplies for him, but of course, the hunter refused. It tookContinue reading “A Bloody Day in October 1818”

An Outlaw’s Code of Conduct

According to Thomas Seals, a free man who had been bailed up by Michael and his gang in 1816, he was told “If I would be a friend to them, they would reward me well…for they were fully determined to be like Turpin, to rob from the rich and give to the poor.” Further toContinue reading “An Outlaw’s Code of Conduct”

A Chance Encounter at Jericho

It was around Jericho that a party of soldiers came upon Michael Howe and Mary Cockerill. Shots were fired between Michael and the advancing soldiers and he was forced to abandon his knapsack, blunderbuss and beloved gardening book, in order to hasten his retreat into a thicket. It was said Mary fell behind as sheContinue reading “A Chance Encounter at Jericho”

A Visit to Thomas Seals

On Thursday the 5th of July 1816, Michael Howe, Peter Septon, James Geary, Richard Collyer and George Jones visit the hut of Thomas Seals at Broadmarsh. Finding Seals outside, Michael covers the man with his musket and demands to know who else is inside. Seals raises his arms, telling Michael there is no one insideContinue reading “A Visit to Thomas Seals”

Michael Howe and Thomas Davenport

In the months before his death in October 1818, Michael was accused of murdering Mr Stanfield’s assigned servant Thomas Davenport, while the man was in the highlands hunting kangaroos. On the third day of the trip, his dogs returned home without him and a search was conducted but returned no success. During a meeting withContinue reading “Michael Howe and Thomas Davenport”

Kangaroo Hide and its Uses

For Michael Howe and his gang, the skin of the Eastern Grey (Forester) Kangaroo served many varied and important uses, with a quantity of kangaroo skins, needles, thread and a thimble being found at their hut near the Fat Doe River, now called the Clyde, in early 1815. Firstly, it could be made into caps,Continue reading “Kangaroo Hide and its Uses”

The Winter of 1818

During the harsh winter months of 1818, Michael Howe managed to survive by raiding remote stock huts for provisions and ammunition, but as was his way, even while as desperate and alone as he found himself, no violence was ever carried out and he only took what he “stood in need of”. According to JamesContinue reading “The Winter of 1818”

The Robbery of Stocker’s Cart at Bagdad

In November 1816, Michael and his gang robbed Mr. Stocker’s fully laden cart at Bagdad and according to the Hobart Town Gazette carried off “2 casks of rum, one containing 11 and the other 10 gallons, 2 gallons of gin, 30 pairs of shoes, fancy ribbons to the value of £50, 2 bags of sugar,Continue reading “The Robbery of Stocker’s Cart at Bagdad”