07 Jul Bushrangers – Sam Poo
Sam Poo was Australia’s only Chinese bushranger. An emigrant to Australia during the Gold Rush, who took to highway robbery on the road between Gulgong and Mudgee rather than gold mining. A skilled and elusive bushman, he evaded capture from the authorities for several weeks. He often targeted solitary travellers on foot, both Chinese and Whites, and was also accused of the rape of a settler’s wife.
On the 3 February 1865 the Senior Constable John Ward of the New South Wales Police Force cornered Poo in his camp but Poo evaded him and killed him. Two weeks after this Sam Poo was finally tracked down, wounded and taken to hospital. When he recovered nine months later he was taken to Bathurst, where he was tried and hanged on 19 December 1865.