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Our Australian Heritage : Legend in Fact and History

The Legend of Moondyne Joe

This is the true story of a convict bushranger who became a Western Australian legend‌

About the author Angélique Préau was born in Western Australia and lives in Perth; she is currently a student in Year 5. Angélique is a member of her school’s History Club and she was keen to do some research about the famous bushranger Moondyne Joe and enter her work in the National History Challenge about Australia’s Heritage. Angélique has chosen to present the results of her research on Moondyne Joe by developing an Internet website with many links to various aspects of his life. She has created several recordings to give some life back to Moondyne Joe. She has also developed some games based on Moondyne Joe to add to the fun of her audience.

Australian Heritage: Is Moondyne Joe a Legend? There is a true story coming down from the past about Moondyne Joe. Moondyne Joe was the nickname of a real person, Joseph Bolitho Johns, who came to Western Australia as a convict on the boat Pyrenees in 1853. Moondyne Joe was famous for his repeated remarkable escapes from prison and evading trackers for long periods of time. He won the fame and affection of the settlers and kept an entire colony amused with his great exploits. He became the most famous bushranger in Western Australia. Moondyne Joe’s exploits captivated people’s imagination and they started adding fiction to the true facts and exaggerating his tale: he became a legend. Today people are still keeping his legend alive by writing books, poems, songs, plays, organising festivals to celebrate his life and giving his name to local places (e.g. cave, pub, touristic tours, board game,… etc.). The only way to know the true Moondyne Joe is by going back to historical primary sources and identify the accurate facts amongst the myths.

Instructions To access the results of my research on Moondyne Joe: 1 - Open my Moondyne Joe website using Internet Explorer only going to 2 - Click on the Instruction window that comes up on the screen to close it and see the whole image. 3 - Click on the little icons to access detailed information and then click on the cross to close them. You can choose to explore Moondyne Joe’s life through these different ways: • chronological events using the timeline • places in WA using the maps • newspaper articles • extra information • and even test your knowledge with some games on Moondyne Joe! Different icons show what they contain by their image (photo, video, note).

The following pages will show you what you can see on my website

Moondyne Joe Games

Test your knowledge with my special games on Moondyne Joe!

Help Moondyne Joe to escape from prison and arrive safely in the Moondyne Hills.

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I hope that you have enjoyed my special Moondyne Joe games.


Turn the page to check your answers and see if you deserve a ticket of leave!

Answer Help Moondyne Joe to escape from prison and arrive safely in the Moondyne Hills.

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There is an official Moondyne Joe board game – check it out at

The Legend of Moondyne Joe Bibliography, References and Resources Books: Edgar, W. J. (1990). The life and times of Moondyne Joe: Swan River colony convict, Joseph Bolitho Johns. Western Australia: Tammar Publications. Elliot, I. (1978). Moondyne Joe: the man and the myth. Nedlands: University of Western Australia Press. Greenwood, M. & Lessac, F. (2002). The legend of Moondyne Joe. Crawley, Western Australia: Cygnet Books. Kinsella, J. & Lucy, N. (2012). The ballad of Moondyne Joe. North Fremantle, W.A.: Fremantle Press. Toodyay Tourist Centre. (n.d.). Moondyne Joe: Toodyay's bushranger – A souvenir booklet from the Avon Valley, Western Australia. Toodyay, Western Australia: Toodyay Tourist Centre.

Internet Websites: Escape Stories - The Convict Era. (n.d.). Fremantle Prison - Western Australia. Retrieved April 24, 2013, from Fremantle Cemetery - Historical Trails. (n.d.). Metropolitan Cemeteries Board - Perth Western Australia. Retrieved April 28, 2013, from Fremantle Prison High Definition Virtual Tour. (n.d.). Fremantle Prison, Western Australia. Retrieved June 6, 2013, from Joseph Bolitho Johns "Moondyne Joe". (n.d.). Fremantle Prison - Western Australia. Retrieved April 22, 2013, from Know Your Mark - The History of the Broad Arrow. (n.d.). The Home of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps Association. Retrieved July 8, 2013, from Mental Health Patients - Fremantle Lunatic Asylum. (n.d.). State Library of Western Australia. Retrieved June 5, 2013, from Moondyne Joe. (n.d.). Western Australia - Now and Then | Everything West Australian. Retrieved April 22, 2013, from Moondyne Joe - The Game . (n.d.). Fremantle Prison - Western Australia. Retrieved May 16, 2013, from Moondyne Joe - A Picturesque Outlaw. (n.d.). Wikisource - The Free Library. Retrieved April 23, 2013, from Moondyne Joe - Wikipedia. (n.d.). Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 22, 2013, from

Moondyne Joe. (n.d.). West Australian Vista - Western Australian Vista. Retrieved March 12, 2013, from Plays for Performance. (n.d.)National Trust of Australia - Education & Learning. Retrieved March 18, 2013, from Prison Tours . (n.d.). Fremantle Prison - Western Australia. Retrieved April 25, 2013, from Pyrenees - arrived in WA in 1853. (n.d.). Convicts to Australia. Retrieved April 22, 2013, from Roleystone Western Australia Sights and Attractions - Rowly Stone. (n.d.). The Roleystone Valley Website. Retrieved May 10, 2013, from Tamblyn, M. (n.d.). Biography - Joseph Bolitho Johns - Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved April 22, 2013, from The Legend of Moondyne Joe. (n.d.). Moondyne Joe's Pub. Retrieved May 5, 2013, from The Moondyne Festival in Toodyay. (n.d.). Moondyne Festival. Retrieved April 27, 2013, from Trove Search: Moondyne Joe. (n.d.). National Library of Australia - Trove. Retrieved April 21, 2013, from What did convicts wear? (n.d.). State of NSW, Department of Education and Training. Retrieved July 8, 2013, from York Courthouse Complex - Avon Terrace, York. (n.d.). National Trust of Australia - Education and Learning. Retrieved April 25, 2013, from,_York.html

ICTÂ Tools: Adobe Software: Photoshop Elements 6.0 BibMe. (n.d.). BibMe: Fast & Easy Bibliography Maker. Google Australia. (n.d.). Google. from Interactive Maps, Floor Plans and Diagrams | Create Clickable Maps - MapsAlive. (n.d.). Interactive Maps, Floor Plans, And Diagrams | Create Clickable Maps MapsAlive. ISSUU. (n.d.). ISSUU - You Publish. Microsoft Accessories Software: Paint 5.1 Microsoft Office Software: Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007. Puzzlemaker. (n.d.). Free Puzzlemaker | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources. Tagxedo - Creator. (n.d.). Tagxedo - Word Cloud with Styles. The Newspaper Clipping Image Generator - Create your own fun newspaper. (n.d.). The Newspaper Clipping Image Generator - Create your own fun newspaper. ThingLink. (n.d.). Make Your Images Interactive - ThingLink. Voki - Create a Speaking Avatar. (n.d.). Voki. Windows Media: Photo Story 3 for Windows. YouTube. (n.d.). YouTube.

Acknowledgements I would like to thank all the people listed in my bibliography for sharing their work with everyone and giving me access to many useful resources for my research. In particular, I would like to make a special mention of Ian Elliot for his passion for Western Australian history and his dedication in writing his book “Moondyne Joe – The Man and the Myth” which was an outstanding resource for my work. I would also like to mention Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac who kindly signed a copy of their book “The Legend of Moondyne Joe” for me with the help of Mrs Mailee Clarke from the Literature Centre. I am also very grateful to my History Club teacher, Mrs Robin McKean, for encouraging my love of learning and providing me with great feedback and advice throughout the development of my project. I also thank my parents for nurturing my enthusiasm and creativity and letting me experience where Moondyne Joe used to live. Angélique Préau July 2013

The Legend of Moondyne Joe by Angélique Préau  
The Legend of Moondyne Joe by Angélique Préau