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Moonlite’s Grave

One of the local bushranging tales surrounds the exploits of Andrew George Scott – better known as Captain Moonlite. Unlike other bushrangers, Scott was from a wealthy, educated family. With a shady background as a trickster and robber, he assembled a gang of five in Victoria, then moved north to Wagga Wagga, and on to Wantabadgery where they held up Wantabadgery Station.

A seige led to the death of two gang members and police Constable Webb-Bowen was shot dead. Moonlite was held in the Gundagai Gaol before facing trial in the local Courthouse. Scott was finally tried and hanged in Sydney in 1880, and buried in Rookwood cemetery in an unmarked grave.

Moonlite’s final wish was to be buried near his two friends in the Gundagai cemetery. In 1995, some 115 years later, two local women sought to bring Captain Moonlite back to Gundagai and today he is buried near his friends in the North Gundagai Cemetery, under the shade of a eucalypt.