Well it appears I may have found the antecedent to that bushranger anecdote passed along by my father:
|“HIGHWAY ROBBERIES ON THE GREAT NORTHERN ROAD.”The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 – 1893) 22 Dec 1863: 3. Web. 26 Feb 2014 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18711885>|
Mrs Friend being Mary Maria Friend (nee Baker), my 4th Great Grandmother and the outlaw she met none other than Captain Thunderbolt or at least someone purporting to be him.