Breaker Morant: The Final Roundup (Hardcover) by West Joel Roper Roger
Over 100 years ago Harry Harbord Morant (the Breaker) was shot by a firing squad in Pretoria. Thus began his ascension to national hero. Over the years Australians have managed to turn his disgrace into distinction to the point where a vocal body is now seeking a British pardon for Morant. Workhouse-born Edwin Murrant educated by the Freemasons emigrated on a GBP1 passage to Australia at the age of nineteen. He found work on a cattle station in Queensland but charged with stealing pigs he was thrown out and spent the next sixteen years in Queensland as a bushman balladeer and black sheep renowned for his riding skills. Changing his name he joined the army and went to the Boer War in South Africa eventually becoming a lieutenant in an irregular unit fighting in Northern Transvaal. Enraged by the death of a friend in battle he organised the murder of prisoners one of his soldiers and a priest by way of revenge. Arrested and tried he was sentenced to death and shot a climax to a life of vagabondage. Australians suggest he did not have a 'fair go' and was martyred by Lord Kitchener. Others remain fixed in their opinions: he took the law into his own hand and paid the ultimate price for his crimes. This intensively researched book featuring a wealth of new information reveals the truth behind the legend.