Charles Russell (1817-1892), known as "Black Douglas", was an Australian bushranger, who became famous for robbing miners on the road between Bendigo and Melbourne.
Russell was born in Bristol, England in 1817. After coming to Australia, he was well known as a prize fighter, boxing for money. He began robbing people on their way to and from the goldfields at Bendigo. One report claimed he robbed 16 people and chained them to a log.
In 1860, Wilhelmine Guischard wrote a book called Black Douglas: An Australian Romance.
In 1926, his pistol was given to the police. Russell had forgotten it during a robbery in 1857. It was planned to be presented in the Castlemaine Art Gallery.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Obituaries Australia: Obituary - Charles Russell - Obituaries Australia, accessdate: October 26, 2015
- ↑ australia.gov.au: Early Australian bushrangers | australia.gov.au Archived 2015-10-05 at the Wayback Machine, accessdate: October 26, 2015
- ↑ 1926 'BUSHRANGER'S PISTOL.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 18 June, p. 11, viewed 26 October, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3789624