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Rolf Boldrewood

Rolf Boldrewood (1826-1915) was a novelist, best known for his novel Robbery Under Arms.

At the beginning of this novel the narrator, Dick Marsden, is awaiting execution for crimes committed whilst he was a bushranger. He goes on to tell the story of his life and loves and his association with the notorious Captain Starlight. Some of the exploits recounted are based on actual incidents carried out by Daniel Morgan, Ben Hall, Frank Gardiner and John Gilbert, all of whom are notorious historical figures.

This "ripping yarn" has, since its first publication in book form in 1888, remained popular and has been filmed three times and serialised on radio in Australia.

Rolf Boldrewood was the pen name of Thomas Alexander Brown, and was also a squatter and a civil servant