MISS: The Crisis of Captain Moonlite

MISS: The Crisis of Captain Moonlite

23 August 2022. Andrew George Scott was born in County Down, Ireland in 1845.  He was raised in a privileged family and as a member of the Irish Church.  After moving to New Zealand with his family, his father was employed as a lay reader for the Church of England.  Shortly afterwards, Scott relocated to Australia and was himself employed as a lay reader in Victoria.  Scott’s father would go on to be ordained a priest and would serve his community in that capacity until his death.  Scott would go on to become one of Australia’s most notorious bushrangers (Captain Moonlite) before being hanged in Sydney at the age of 35. This paper explores how a young man who began his career in Australia in the service of the Church ended up as a convicted criminal.  It will be demonstrated that no account of the extraordinary trajectory of Scott’s life is adequate without regard for his personal religiosity.