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Captain Moonlites Grave
Captain Moonlites Grave

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Grave of notorious bushranger "Captain Moonlite"  (also spelt as Captain Moonlight) who was hung in 1880. His remains were transferred to Gundagai in 1995 in accordance with his dying wish that he be buried next to his friend and fellow gang member James Nesbitt.

Andrew George Scott (Captain Moonlite) was a recalcitrant and violent prisoner in Pentridge gaol. Released in March 1879, for a while he was a speaker at open-air meetings on prison reform and kindred subjects, but on 18 November with a small band he held up Wantabadgery sheep station near Wagga Wagga for two days. He used the two children of the nearby hotelkeeper as hostages, separating them by force from their parents. Two of the gang (one a boy of 15) and one trooper were killed when the police attacked the homestead. Scott and three others were found guilty of murder and he and one of his accomplices were hanged on 20 January 1880.

Location

Address:William Street, Cemetery, Gundagai, 2722
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.051389
Long: 148.111944
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Crime
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 13th January, 1995
Front Inscription

ANDREW GEORGE SCOTT
CAPTAIN MOONLITE
BORN IRELAND 8-1-1845
DIED SYDNEY 20 -1-1880
As to a monumental stone, a rough unhewn rock
would be most fit, one that skilled hands could
have made into something better. It will be like
those it marks as kindness and charity could have
shaped us to better ends. 
Andrew George Scott
Laid to final rest
near his friends James Nesbitt and Augustus
Wernicke who lie in unmarked graves close by.
Gundagai 13-1-1995
 

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