On February 27, 1902, Lieutenant Harry Morant and Lieutenant Peter Hancock were shot by a British military firing squad. Both were serving in the Boer War as Australians under British command. They had been found guilty by court martial of killing Boer prisoners.
"I'm not a criminal. I've been driven to this life... I was held for a month in gaol, an innocent man. While I was away me wife ran away - with a policeman... Then I was arrested for the mail coach robbery and held another month before I was let out on bail. When I came home, I found my house burned down the cattle perished of thirst, left locked in the yards... By Gawd, Mr Norton, it's your mob have driven me to it and, I tell you straight, you'll never take me alive!!" [Ben Hall interviewed by Inspector Norton of the NSW Police in 1863].
About the Author
Scottish born author and film-maker Nick Bleszynski was blessed with an adventurous childhood in Africa and after completing his university studies went onto a hectic career which included working as a marketing guru in Scandinavia, and making award winning television programs and documentaries in the United Kingdom.
He is now mostly a full-time author, but still finds time to make documentaries including most recently a series out of New Zealand for Discovery Channel USA.