Bushrangers. Australia's Wild Colonial Boys by Kenneth Muir

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There, on 5 June, he was arrested by police. He had been betrayed for the £500 reward by James Quinn, whose family had protected Power. The court at Beechworth sentenced Power to 15 years hard labour and sent him back to Pentridge. By 1877 he was known to be in poor health. On a petition from a number of women, including socialite and philanthropist Lady Janet Clarke, Power was released. For a time he worked on the Clarke estate at Sunbury. Harry Power died by drowning in the Murray River at Swan Hill on 11 October 1891 at the age of 72.

When they attacked him, Johnson shot and wounded one of them. He was arrested a week later trying to cross the Murray River into New South Wales. The court sentenced him to 13 years hard labour confined on a hulk in Port Phillip Bay. He escaped in 1862 after being transferred to Pentridge Prison. Taking the family name of Power, he lived in the Ovens district. There he became associated with the Kelly, Quinn and Lloyd families. Once again arrested for horse stealing at Beechworth in 1864, he returned to Pentridge for seven years.

What remained were the legends — wild colonial boys who took on the authorities and won. For a while, at least.

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