Hunter Valley Bushrangers

Herbert Owen

Singleton 1831


Herbert Owen arrived on the Exmouth in 1831 after receiving a sentence of transportation for Life in Denbigh. He was assigned to William Kelman at Kirkton in the Hunter Valley.

He absconded from Kirkton in October 1831 but was apprehended a week later.  He absconded again in 1833 and was suspected of committing an outrage on an aboriginal at Glendon on 29th November 1833.

A Reward of Twenty Pounds was offered to be paid to 'any Person or Persons who may apprehend and lodge the said Herbert Owen, one of the 'Hunter river marauders' in any of His Majesty's Jails.'  The description posted stated that he was a top sawyer from Carronshire. Ruddy complexion, light brown hair, brown eyes, perpendicular scar over right eye, scar on nose, scar right side of chin.

He was captured again and returned to the Singleton area and absconded from the custody of a constable in March 1841. Reward notices continued to be posted in the Government Gazette for the next few years.

Herbert Owen was still at large in 1848.





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