Mike Munro talks about a personal story in The Last Bushrangers

BUSHRANGER: Mike Munroe will release The Last Bushrangers, a deeply personal story at the Grand View Hotel on September 6.

BUSHRANGER: Mike Munroe will release The Last Bushrangers, a deeply personal story at the Grand View Hotel on September 6.

Journalist Mike Munro comes to the Grand View Hotel for lunch at noon on September 6 to launch his book The Last Bushrangers.

His book revolves around the Kenniff brothers, a group of bushrangers considered to be Queensland's equivalent of the Kelly gang.

Graduating from petty crime, horse stealing and cattle duffing, they moved on to murder in what was a ghoulish and violent crime resulting in the death of a police constable and station manager.

The pair were incinerated and their remains placed into saddle bags. Jim Kenniff and his brother Patrick were caught, charged and convicted with one brother hanged and another spending 12 years in jail.

Munro investigates the circumstances around the murders, the sensationalised trials, the public support, the controversial evidence of aboriginal tracker Sam Johnson, and the brothers' grim fates.

It is a story set against the backdrop of Federation and debates over capital punishment.

It is also a deeply personal story for Munro whose name would have been Mike Kenniff, but for his grandfather who changed his name to distance himself from his notorious cousins.

Mike Munro become a household name for his crusading and investigative journalism, with stints as a reporter on Willesee and 60 Minutes, before becoming host of A Current Affair and Sunday Night. For 13 years he presented the show This Is Your Life, paying tribute to more than 200 Australians.

The Last Bushrangers by Mike Munro is available in paperback and will be available for sale and signing at the lunch. The lunch is held in association with Dymocks, Carindale.

The cost of the lunch is $45 pp (GV members $40) which includes a two-course meal and a complimentary drink. Book on 3884 3000 or functions@gvh.com.au.

Future literary events include authors Tricia Stringer launching her novel The Model Wife at 7pm on October 2, Judy Nunn launching Khaki Town at noon on October 3, Libby Trickett launching Beneath the Surface at 7pm on October 17 and Rachael Johns launching Just One Wish at 7pm on November 4.

Tricia Stringer patrons receive a free copy of her last novel Table for Eight and an entry to win a $100 Good Food voucher. Lunch events are $45 and dinners are $55.