Captain Moonlite, the queer bushranger musical

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Can’t get enough of gay bushranger Captain Moonlite aka Andrew George Scott? Then this is for you. The NSW premiere of the queer bushranger musical: Captain Moonlite – A New Australian Musical.

Captain Moonlite – Andrew George Scott

One of Australia’s most notorious bushrangers, Captain Moonlite, otherwise Andrew George Scott, arrived in Australia intending to join the Anglican priesthood. However, he had scruples so he became a bushranger.

Moonlite famously led a ragged bunch of young misfits to stage a siege and shoot out at Wantabadgery Station near Wagga Wagga in 1879.

The story of Andrew George Scott and his youthful gang took on an extra dimension when historian Garry Wotherspoon discovered the bushranger’s death-cell letters more than a century after his execution.

The letters told of Moonlite’s love for fellow outlaw James Nesbitt. James died in the shootout at Wantabadgery. Newspapers reported, “his leader wept over him like a child, laid his head upon his breast, and kissed him passionately.”

Andrew George Scott went to the gallows wearing a ring woven from a lock of James Nesbitt’s hair.

Now, queer, Sydney-based composer Jye Bryant has turned this amazing true story into a queer bushranger musical. Captain Moonlite – A New Australian Musical has its NSW premiere at Richmond School of Arts this August.

Set in a death cell of Sydney’s Darlinghurst Gaol on the eve of Captain Moonlite’s execution, Captain Moonlite – A New Australian Musical brings the legendary gay miscreant to life.

Check out the Richmond Players website for more info.

More bushrangers:

A Captain Moonlite Pictorial: the gay bushranger.

A Darker Shade of Moonlite by Craig Cormick.

What about Ned? “Certainly the Kelly Gang stuck together. But if they danced together, it’s only because there weren’t enough girls to go around.”

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Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at

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