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Thursday 28th October 1900:
Jimmy Governor Caught
    Notorious bushranger Jimmy Governor was wounded and captured yesterday after a shoot-out with a party of civilians at Bobin Creek, just outside Wingham in the Hunter Valley. His brother Joe is still at large. The bushrangers have been wanted since July 21st after they murdered four people and seriously injured two others on a Breelong property, 17 miles from Gilgandra.
    Jimmy Governor and his brother Joe had worked for Mr Mawbey clearing and fencing his property, but that night the owner had stayed away from the house where his family slept. Miss Kerz, Miss Hilda Mawbey, Mr Percy Mawbey and Miss Grace Mawbey were brutally killed with a tomahawk as they lay in their beds and Miss Elsie Clarke and Mrs Mawbey were seriously wounded. An eight-year-old boy escaped injury by hiding under a bed while the murders took place.
    During their 14 week spree, Jimmy, his brother Joe and two other members of the gang, Jacky Underwood and Jacky Porter, were suspected of nine murders, four assaults and a number of robberies and arson. The gang fled eastward from Breelong pursued by a posse of police and civilians. On 23rd July a civilian Alexander Mackay was killed and his wife injured at Sportsman's Hollow, 2 miles from Ulan. Kevin Fitzpatrick, aged 70, was murdered on 26th July near Wollar.
    The government put up a reward of £200 each for the capture of the Governors following the arrest of gang member Jacky Underwood. Every extra day the fugitives eluded capture, more police and civilians would join the search but it was not until yesterday that Jimmy Governor was shot and arrested by the civilian, Mr Alexander Cameron.
    In an interview following his capture, Jimmy gave his reasons for the crimes. At night, after their work was done, he had chatted with his brother Joe and friend Jacky Underwood about the possibilities of bushranging. He had bragged that if he took up bushranging, he would be hard to catch. Joe, Jacky and Jimmy's wife had ridiculed him, saying he would not be 'game to go'.
   'My wife and me had a word or two about cooking and one thing led to another about the camp. Everything I said to her she said "Pooh, that's nothing." With that, me and Underwood cleared out. I thought I might as well die, so the Mawbey murders were committed. We left Mawbey's and went back to camp, I saying to Joe, "Now you bushranging blower, come with me or I will tomahawk you or you will tomahawk me. Are you coming?"' Jimmy accounted.
    Jimmy Governor then explained his final hours of freedom on the Forbes River. He had been shot through the hip and mouth, losing four teeth: 'Next morning at half-past four I was called upon to surrender. With that I took off. They fired, and fired again. I kept on going, and they fired till they disabled me. I then fell down; when they rushed up and took me prisoner.
Before I reached Wallace's yesterday I had nothing to eat but oranges and honey for 21 days. I did not fire because I was tired of the whole thing and was thinking of giving myself up this [Sunday] morning,' said Jimmy.
Jimmy is exhausted but otherwise well. He will possibly be taken to court tomorrow.
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