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"Cash records that he was transported to New South Wales in 1828 for shooting a rival in love. He was assigned to a station on the Hunter River, where he led a peaceful life as a shepherd and stock-keeper for about nine years, describing this period as a 'green spot in the desert' of his life. He was unjustly implicated in cattle stealing and ran away with a female companion. He worked briefly for a number of country masters (including explorer Charles Sturt) until 1837 when he and his companion fled to Van Diemen's Land. There he was again accused of a crime he did not commit, and sentenced to seven years at Port Arthur. He escaped and was recaptured a number of times before finally serving time in chains under Commandant Charles O'Hara Booth at Port Arthur. During this time he conceived a 'deep and concentrated hatred of that power which was undeservedly prosecuting me'. He had two companions, Lawrence Kavanagh and David Jones, finally effecting a daring escape from the Port Arthur peninsula, and became bushrangers, committing a series of robberies on roads and of private houses and inns during 1843. Cash was captured while trying to visit his lover in Hobart Town and was sentenced to death, which was later commuted to transportation to Norfolk Island" (Walsh and Hooton 34-5).

Source

Walsh, Kay and Joy Hooton. Australian Autobiographical Narratives : An Annotated Bibliography. Canberra : Australian Scholarly Editions Centre, University College, ADFA and National Library of Australia, 1993.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,: Office of "The Mercury" , 1870 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Ballad of Martin Cashi"Come all you sons of Erin's Isle that love to hear your tuneful notes -", Francis MacNamara , 1870 single work poetry

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Martin Cash, the Bushranger of Van Diemen's Land In 1843. A personal narrative of his exploits in the bush and his experiences at Port Arthur and Norfolk Island.
    • Launceston, Northeast Tasmania, Tasmania,: Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,: J. Walch , 1870 .
      Extent: 184p.
      Edition info: 1st ed.
    • Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,: J. Walch , 1880 .
      Extent: 184p.
      Edition info: 2nd ed.
    • Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,: J. Walch , 1890 .
      Extent: 184p.
      Edition info: 3rd ed.
      Note/s:
      • Ferguson 8003
    • Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,: E. W. Cole ; J. Walch , 1911 .
      Extent: 178p.
      Edition info: 4th ed.
      Note/s:
      • Ferguson 8004
      • Cover has surtitle: "Walch's Series of Books of Old Van Diemen's Land. No. 1"

        Price on cover: "One Shilling"

        Imprint: "Tasmania: | Hobart: J. Walch & Sons. | Launceston: A. W. Birchall & Sons."

    • Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,: J. Walch , 1929 .
      Extent: iv, 178p. ill. [3 pl.]p.
      Edition info: 5th ed.
      Note/s:
      • "Twenty-fourth thousand."
    • Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,: J. Walch , 1954 .
      Extent: iv, 178 [2]p. ill. [10 pl.]p.
      Edition info: 6th ed.
      Note/s:
      • "Twenty-Eighth Thousand."
    • Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,: J. Walch , 1961 .
      Extent: iv, 174 [2]p. ill. [10 pl.]p.
      Edition info: 7th ed.
      Note/s:
      • "Thirty-second thousand."
    • Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,: J. Walch , 1967 .
      Edition info: 8th ed.
    • Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,: J. Walch , 1972 .
      Edition info: 9th ed.
    • Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,: J. M. Walsh , 1975 .
      Extent: iv, 174 [2]p, ill. [10 pl.]p.
      Edition info: 10th ed.

Works about this Work

James Lester Burke, Martin Cash and Frank the Poet Philip Butterss , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 15 no. 3 1992; (p. 220-225)
James Lester Burke, Author of 'Martin Cash' Wilhelm Hiener , J. E. Hiener , 1965 single work biography
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , June vol. 2 no. 1 1965; (p. 63-66)
James Lester Burke, Martin Cash and Frank the Poet Philip Butterss , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 15 no. 3 1992; (p. 220-225)
James Lester Burke, Author of 'Martin Cash' Wilhelm Hiener , J. E. Hiener , 1965 single work biography
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , June vol. 2 no. 1 1965; (p. 63-66)
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Subjects:
  • Tasmania,
  • 1840s
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