Death of bushranger Joe Governor

Joe Governor Grace, Singleton. Plaque set into a one-metre high boulder marks the site of the grave of bushranger Joe Governor. Bushranger, Joe Governor was shot and killed on October 31, 1900, at Mount Royal near Singleton. His body was brought back to Singleton by his pursuers and it was in the Caledonian Hotel in George Street, Singleton, that the body of the Aboriginal Bushranger and multiple murderer was laid out. Joe and his brother Jimmy were passing through Singleton on the run from the law. Joe was trying to get to an Aboriginal mission at St Clair when he was split up from his brother Jimmy after an ambush. He and his brother, Jimmy Governor, were greatly feared in the district at the end of the 19th century. His corpse was not permitted within the bounds of the graveyard. (NLA)