The Argus at KellyGang 19/11/1879

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Captain Moonlite

The gallant capture by the New South Wales police of the Wantabadgery bush- rangers was yesterday the general topic of conversation, and although one man eluded capture, the comments upon the bearing of the police were all of a favourable nature. Yesterday evening, however, as will be seen by the following telegrams, the man who escaped was apprehended. It is now generally believed that Captain Moonlite and his companion Nesbitt form part of the gang. Nesbitt's career in crime up to the present has been somewhat slight in comparison to that of other desperadoes who have taken to the "pistol and pad." He is known to the police as James Lyons, alias Nesbitt, and he was born in Buninyong in 1857. He professes to be a Roman Catholic. His height is 5ft. 9½in., his build being of a medium order, his complexion fresh, and his hair dark brown. In July, 1873, he received a sentence of one month's imprisonment, with hard labour, for larceny. In September of the same year he was sentenced to three months' imprisonment for a similar offence, and in July, 1875, he was sentenced to four years' imprisonment for assault and robbery. The following particulars are telegraphed by our correspondents -



Wantabadgery Station, in the county of Clarendon, district of Gundagai, the scene of the latest bushranging episode in New South Wales, is situated 21 miles in an almost easterly direction from Wagga Wagga, and about 27 miles from Gundagai. This station, the property of the late Mr WO Windeyer, has passed into the hands of Mr CFJ Macdonald, who resides on the station, and with him is Mr Baynes as manager. The homestead is comprised of the owner's house, a massive stone structure, neatly and elegantly furnished, with all the appurtenances of a well-appointed English homestead. The house fronts the far-famed Murrumbidgee, and is built on a most picturesque site. Between the house and the river is an open plain covered at present with a growth of most luxiriant grass. Behind the residence are a series of undulating ridges covered with yellow box, and a magnificent orchard planted with walnut, peach, apple, plum, and every variety of fruit trees, is immediately in front of the homestead,and covers two acres of ground. It was on this peaceful scene that the bushrangers appeared on Sunday morning. Before proceeding with the narrative of events it may be as well to describe the position of the various house on the run. Approaching from Wagga Wagga, the first met with is that known as the old station house. In this at present reside Mr Reid, the superintendent or overseer of the station, with his wife and family. About a quarter of a mile further on the Gundagai road the Australian Arms, an hotel kept by Mr Patterson, is reached. Following the sinuosities of the river about a mile and a half the home stead is arrived at. It is at the hotel above named that two roads diverge, one known as the Nangus Gundagai, whilst the other is the Eurongilly road, the former goes on at in angle of say 73 degrees, whilst the latter turns immediately to the left, and it was on this road, at a distance of two and a half miles from the hotel, that the final conflict and capture took place.


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