|1830 – 1865|
We know him as Mad Dog Morgan but he was a man of many aliases.
His known criminal record began in 1854 when, under the name "John Smith", he was sentenced to twelve years' hard labour for highway robbery at Castlemaine, Victoria. When he was released from jail he had a hatred of authority and become Australia's public enemy No 1.
BLOODTHIRSTY MORGAN By SIR SOLOMON in The Singleton Argus 14th June, 1924.
A study of the characteristics of the Australian bushrangers operating during the great bushranging era—1860 to 1880—will disclose the fact that the methods and tactics of some differed considerably from those adopted by others. Unfortunately, all brought into prominence the traits of the ruffian, but even in this there was a graduated scale of viciousness, in which Daniel Morgan shone as the high priest of infamy.
After his 3rd murder the reward for Morgan's capture was raised to £1000 and police were sent to track and capture him.