Born in New Plymouth in 1874, Robert Wallath spent his childhood in the town, at about 12 years of age, took up the persona of Highwayman. For a number of years he held up businesses and people in the street. He was finally caught, found guilty and sentenced to prison. On his release, he returned to New Plymouth, living the remainder of his life as a model citizen.
A manuscript entitled 'Extracts from the life of the most notorious scoundrel of that day in New Zealand'. Proof reader's marks on pages. Published as the book Highwayman with a Mission : the story of New Zealand's most notorious Brigand of more than 60 years ago. Published in 1959 by Robert Wallath and printed by Avery Press. Originally part of the Fred Butler Collection.