JOHN TENNANT - The "Terror of Argyle"
Tennant had been a convict assigned to Canberry, a property in the present day inner north Canberra. Mount Tennent, behind Tharwa, is named after the bushranger (note the different spelling).
Tennant was born in Belfast, Ireland. He was 29 years old when sentenced to transportation to Australia for life in 1823. In 1824 he was assigned to Joshua John Moore (bio here) and sent with two other men, James Clarke and John McLaughlin, to establish Moore's property Canberry (present day Canberra), the first European habitation on the Limestone Plains.
In 1828 Tennant and another man, John Ricks, absconded and took to the bush. He then hid out on Mount Tennant and according to John Gale (here)
"Where Tennant stored his booty... was never discovered, not withstanding frequent and ... exhaustive serches to this end. The mountain (here) had numerous caves and mazes well adapted... many never explored."
After committing a number of robberies in the region, the "Terror of Argyle", is captured by James Ainslie (story here) and two others near the Murrumbidgee River in Tuggeranong in 1828.
His fate, the notorious penal colony of Norfolk Island (info) for 7 years.
The Colonial Secretary warned the Commandant of Norfolk Island:
"The six men named…long the terror of Argyle and the surrounding country, are now forwarded and I am directed to point out to you for your information their extreme desperation in order that you may be aware of their characters."
Tennant served his term arriving back in Sydney and died a year later in August 1837.
John Tennant Wikipedia article here
An excellent read here (pdf)
P.S. It is said that a cache of "booty" exists, (1800's gold sovereigns perhaps) apparently never discovered, located somewhere on Mount Tennent... good luck!
View of Mount Tennent ACT from Tuggeranong Hill
View Larger Map
The following ABC article laments the possible loss of many historical audio visual records that are waiting for digitising into modern fo...
Update: 18/5/12 I like the solitude of Namadgi. I have always felt safe apart from a few encounters with pigs and wild dogs but that has...
Out past Uriarra to the west of Canberra is the Brindabella Road. The road rises to the peak of the Brindabella Mountain on the ACT border b...
Discovered in the early 1820's the small village of Queanbeyan was established on the Molonglo River on the 'Limestone Plains'. ...
The difficult thing about photographing Aboriginal scarred trees is their position on the tree in relation to the time of the day, and the p...
Something left field... The common yabby (Cherax destructor) is a freshwater crustacean that is common in waterways, reservoirs and farm ...
Tonight, after the storms, was a very still evening in Namadgi and a perfect opportunity to do a little thermal "spotlighting" of ...
If anyone is looking for a place to do a little gold prospecting might I suggest the mighty Goodradigbee in the Brindabella Valley. I'll...