Grave fears if ‘Mad Dog’ is suitable?
Our notorious bushranger Dan Morgan
THE Wangaratta Cemetery Trust wants public feedback on whether a plaque referring to bushranger Dan Morgan as ‘Mad Dog Morgan’ should be removed or changed.
The murderous outlaw has been buried at the Wangaratta Cemetery for more than 150 years.
In 1980 a plaque was placed on his grave, and in addition to describing the bushranger as ‘Mad Dog Morgan’, it also gives a short summary of his life, leading up to his death at Peechelba Station in 1865.
But the Cemetery Trust has received correspondence from a member of the public questioning the plaque.
Chair of the Wangaratta Cemetery Trust, Rural City of Wangaratta mayor Ken Clarke, said the trust had received advice from the Department of Health and Human Services to assist in resolving the matter.
“Based on that advice, we’re calling for submissions regarding the plaque and the information dis- played on it,” Cr Clarke said.
“All members of the public are invited to have their say.”
Submissions close on Friday, October 27.
History records depict Morgan as a violent and unpredictable bushranger, suffering mood swings that earned him the title ‘Mad Dan’.
Between 1862 and 1865, Morgan terrorised the Riverina district in NSW, committing numerous robberies, violent assaults and murders - including the killing of two policemen.
A reward of £200 was posted for him, dead or alive.
On April 9, 1865 Morgan bailed up Peechelba Station, and nursemaid, Alice Keenan, escaped and raised the alarm.
Police and local men surrounded the farmhouse and the next morning, as the bushranger walked towards the stockyards, he was shot dead.
Police took his body to Wangaratta and exhibited it to the public, with a Colt revolver in his hand, his head and shoulders propped up.
Morgan was decapitated in full view of the public.
His head was sent to Melbourne University for examination, and a death mask was made.
BURIAL RIGHTS: Dan Morgan, pictured here after he was shot by police in 1865 at Peechelba Station, is one of Wangaratta Cemetery’s most intriguing burials. the plaque (pictured above) which was placed on his grave in 1980 identifies him as ‘Mad Dog Morgan’ and details his notorious deeds. The public is now being asked if the title is appropriate?