Media Releases

12 July 2019

Talks@Willoughby presents Mike Munro speaking about The Last Bushrangers

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Thursday 29 August 2019, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
FREE event

Television host and reporter, Mike Munro, will speak about his book The Last Bushrangers - the story of the murderous Kenniff gang in August at Chatswood Library.

The Kenniff brothers were Queensland's equivalent of the Kelly gang. Graduating from petty crime, horse stealing and cattle duffing, they moved on to murder. It was a ghoulish, violent crime - a police constable and station manager butchered, incinerated, and their remains stuffed into saddle bags. After a massive manhunt, young Jim Kenniff and his brother Patrick were caught, charged and convicted. One brother hanged, another spent twelve years in jail. But were they tried justly? And did the right man swing?

Mike investigates the story of these last bushrangers - the circumstances around the murders, the sensational trials, the public support, the controversial evidence of Aboriginal tracker Sam Johnson, and the brothers' grim fates, set against the backdrop of Federation and debates over capital punishment. It's also a story that is personal. If not for his grandfather illegally changing his name to distance himself from his notorious cousins, this major figure in Australian television would be known to us as Mike Kenniff.

Mike Munro AM started his career as a 17-year-old copy boy on the Daily Mirror, then in television news. He went on to become a household name for his crusading and investigative journalism, with stints as a reporter on Willesee and 60 Minutes, before becoming host of A Current Affair and Sunday Night. For thirteen years he presented the much-loved show This Is Your Life, paying tribute to over 200 Australians. In recent years, he has been working on documentaries, hosting the four-part series Lawless – the Real Bushrangers and Mateship – a Century of the Australian–US Alliance. In 2014 Munro was made a member of the Order of Australia for his charity work and contribution to journalism.

Lindfield Bookshop will provide copies of the author’s book for sale on the day.

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