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Claims have been made that bushranger Frederick Ward did not die in 1870 but escaped to America where he lived out his days. This case study explores how spurious claims can be made about historical figures and how these claims can spread until they become matters of widespread belief. It also provides guidelines that assist in determining the truth or otherwise of such claims.

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