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The Morant Saga in South Africa reads like a Greek Tragedy, talking its place alongside the likes of Mutiny on the Bounty and Ned Kelly. Over 100 Years ago Harry Harbourd Morant (the breaker) was shot by a firing squad in Pretoria. Thus began his ascension to National Hero: over the years, some Australians have managed to turn his disgrace into distinction, to the extent that some are now seeking a pardon for him.
Edwin Murrant emigrated on a £1 passage to Australia at the age of 19 and found work on a cattle station in Queensland. He spent the next 16 years in Australia as a Bushman, balladeer and all round chancer, reknowned for his riding skills. On changing his name to Harry Harbourd Morant he claimed to be the son of an Admiral, joining the Army at the start of the Boer War and went to South Africa, eventually becoming a Lieutenant in the Bushveld Carbineers, and irregular unit fighting in Northern Transvaal. Enraged by the death of a friend in battle, he instigated the death of prisoners in revenge. A missionary who knew too much was also killed under suspicious circumstances. Arrested and tried, he was sentenced ot death and shot.
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Hardback, 384 pages and photographs.
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