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Who Killed the Outlaw
In 1830 a John Mucklestone  killed Bold Jack Donohue a notorious outlaw in Australia. There are many tales told about the killing, many now embedded in folk lore, but other than his name we don't know who this John is. It is possible that he was a soldier in the 57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Foot which served in Australia from 1825 to 1832.
14/11/15 from Colin Broughton
Colin has located the medical records of a Private John Muckleston who was serving on board the convict ship Cambridge in 1827, his age was given as 25 making him born in 1802 and that his regiment was  the 39th.
15/11/15 from Neil Priddy
Neil confirmed that the 39th regiment were in Australia at the time of Jack Donohue's death and we therefore we think we have found our man.
To confirm everything we need to have a look at the records for the 39th regiment especially around the time of Jack's death.
We now believe this mystery is solved - see "A Muckleston's part in Australian Folklore" in the Family Members section.