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The Captain Thunderbolt Sites - Thunderbolt's Grave

Item details

Name of item: The Captain Thunderbolt Sites - Thunderbolt's Grave
Other name/s: Uralla Old General Cemetery
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Cemeteries and Burial Sites
Category: Headstone
Location: Lat: -30.6417401964 Long: 151.4928981440
Primary address: Uralla Square, Uralla, NSW 2358
Parish: Uralla
County: Sandon
Local govt. area: Uralla
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Armidale
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
PART LOT7027 DP94247

Boundary:

Captain Thunderbolt's Grave site is demarcated by a small picket fence surrounding the grave.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Uralla SquareUrallaUrallaUrallaSandonPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The Grave of Captain Thunderbolt adds to the State significance of the Captain Thunderbolt Sites as the final part of the Thunderbolt story. The Captain Thunderbolt Grave adds to the State significance of the Captain Thunderbolt Sites for the social significance attached to it by the community. Captain Thunderbolt has captured the minds of the public as a gentleman bushranger or Robin Hood-type character. Grave sites and the memorialisation of the dead are intimately connected with this process.
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Description

Designer/Maker: Headstone - Mr Callcott
Builder/Maker: Mr Calltott
Construction years: 1914-
Physical description: The marble headstone has the following inscription:

Erected by
NEW ENGLAND RESIDENTS
TO MARK WHERE LIES
THUNDERBOLT
[FRED WARD]

CALLCOTT ARMIDALE

DIED MAY 25. 1870,
AGED 36 YEARS

The headstone and grave is surrounded by a picket fence. The grave is located at the southern boundary of the Uralla Cemetery; the location of the grave is signposted.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Fair. The picket fencing is new but the gravestone shows signs of spalling and some of the makers information is difficult to make out.
Date condition updated:10 Apr 12
Modifications and dates: The picket fencing was installed in 2011
Current use: Cemetery
Former use: Cemetery

History

Historical notes: Uralla Cemetery was established in the 1850s and used until the 1930s (http://us.sydney.com/town/Uralla/Pioneer_Cemetery_Uralla/info.aspx).

The cemetery contains the graves of many local notable families including the Blanch's. After the magisterial inquiry held at Blanch's Inn Captain Thunderbolt's body was moved to Uralla and he remained unburied for a number of days. On Sunday May 29th 1870 his body was identified by William Monckton who had ridden with Thunderbolt some years earlier (The Empire 1st June 1870). That afternoon it was taken to be buried in an unmarked grave at Uralla cemetery.

In 1914 a gravestone was erected by local residents, the majority of the costs being born by a Mr L.A. Crap (http://www.visituralla.com.au/attractions/details.php?who=7).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
7. Governing-Governing Law and order-Activities associated with maintaining, promoting and implementing criminal and civil law and legal processes Living a life of crime-
7. Governing-Governing Law and order-Activities associated with maintaining, promoting and implementing criminal and civil law and legal processes Engaging in bushranging and banditry-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Birth and Death-Activities associated with the initial stages of human life and the bearing of children, and with the final stages of human life and disposal of the dead. Remembering the deceased-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Birth and Death-Activities associated with the initial stages of human life and the bearing of children, and with the final stages of human life and disposal of the dead. Burying and remembering notable persons-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Persons-Activities of, and associations with, identifiable individuals, families and communal groups Associations with Captain Thunderbolt, Bushranger-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Captain Thunderbolt's Grave adds to the State significance of the Captain Thunderbolt Sites as the final part of Thunderbolt's story.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The grave is associated with Captain Thunderbolt the bushranger who was buried there on 29th May 1870. The grave adds to the significance of the Captain Thunderbolt Sites because it is the burial place of Captain Thunderbolt who became notorious in his own time and is well known by the Australian public.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Does not fulfil this criterion.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Thunderbolt's grave adds to the State significance of the Captain Thunderbolt sites for the social significance attached to it by the community. Captain Thunderbolt has captured the minds of the public as a gentleman bushranger type character. Grave sites and the memorialisation of the dead is intimately connected to this process.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The grave has significance at a local level. The forensic remains may reveal more information about the way he died and the burial customs of the times. Any controversy surrounding the question of who was actually shot by Constable Walker on the 25th May 1870 may be able to be resolved upon forensic examination of the remains.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Does not fulfil this criterion.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
The marking of the grave is representative of public sentiment surrounding Thunderbolt as a well known historic figure.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register - Element 0188920 Jul 12 743407

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1870The Empire 1st June
WrittenBoruwer, D.2007Captain Thunderbolt: Horsebreaker to Bushranger

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5061608
File number: 11/18297


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