01 Jul Bushrangers – Mary Ann Bugg
Mary Ann Bugg (The Captains Lady)
Mary Ann Bugg was Captain Thunderbolts lover. She fell pregnant soon after meeting him. Captain Thunderbolt took Mary to her fathers farm for the babies delivery and in doing so broke his ticket-of-leave regulations. This got him sent back to Cockatoo Island from which he later escaped. Mary Ann then joined him on the run as his lover, eyes and ears. Helping to keep him safe from troopers, she was essentially his scout. There is no evidence that she took part in his robberies. Mary Ann dressed as a man and rode astride, not side saddle like other women. She survived Captain Thunderbolts death and died of old age on the 22nd April 1905 at Mudgee.