Born in 1829 in Middlesex, England, Owen Suffolk was transported to Victoria, Australia in 1847 for a series of petty crimes.
He was born into a middle class family and was both well spoken and literate.
He wrote many poems including those about prison and bushranging and was dubbed ‘The Convict Poet’.
He was incarcerated in both England and Australia for a total of 5 terms but this never seemed to deter him from leading a life of crime.
When he finally returned to London he continued in his life of crime – he became a bigamist, faked his own death and escaped to America with a widow’s money.