Genre : Australian bushranger story
Suitable for : upper primary to upper secondary
Moondyne Joe, or more correctly Joseph Bolitho Johns (c. 1826-13 August 1900) was perhaps Western Australia's best known bushranger. He is known to have been imprisoned at least 10 times in his life and is best remembered for the many times he escaped. Johns was eventually transported to Western Australia. Some of his escapes and subsequent recaptures are the stuff of legend, being audacious, inept, or both! He is remembered as a lover of freedom who became a somewhat romantic figure in the public's eyes. This is an accompanied SA version of the original challenging, energetic piece commissioned by Western Australia's Churchlands Senior High School in 2015 to be performed on their European Tour that year. Although not a cappella like the original, it is not without its challenges. The sample you listen to is Churchlands' pre tour performance of the SATB a cappella version.