Grave fears if ‘Mad Dog’ is suit­able?

Our no­to­ri­ous bushranger Dan Mor­gan

Wangaratta Chronicle - - What's On This Weekend -

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?

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