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The Crisis of Captain Moonlite: a case study of unbelief in colonial Australia
Andrew George Scott began his career in Australia in 1868 as an unlicensed lay reader for the Church of England. He subsequently gained notoriety as the bushranger Captain Moonlite and was hanged in Sydney in 1880. The dramatic nature of this trajectory raises questions as to the reality, nature, and depth of Scott’s Christian faith. This dissertation examines Scott’s relationship to religion during his time in Australia. It also considers what Scott’s relationship to religion reveals about Scott as an individual and about the experience of unbelief in colonial Australia.