Acts of the Law Enforcer
In 1838, Day was sent to arrest a party of white men who were said to have killed at least twenty eight aboriginals in what became known as the Myall Creek massacre. Eleven of the culprits were caught and seven hanged. After this, Day resigned and lived privately in Maitland where he became a business man and active partaker in local affairs. He also became a foundation member of the Australian Immigration Association and its Maitland Branch chairman.
In 1840, while visiting Muswellbrook, Day became involved in the arrest of Teddy “the Jewboy” Davis and his gang of bushrangers who had been terrorising the community. Davis, who appears to be the only Jewish bushranger on record, was an escapee convict who had made a series of daring escapes and, from 1838 to 1840, formed a bushranger gang in the Hunter Valley and beyond that was locally known as “the Jewboy gang”.
The gang made raids on townships and travellers but it is said that Davis played the part of an Australian Robin Hood, robbing the rich and going out of his way to relieve the misery of the assigned servants. The gang ore gaudy clothes and tied pink ribbons to their horses bridles. They had not resorted to murder until December 1840, when a shop clerk was killed during a robbery. Day and a posse of settlers followed the bushrangers and surprised them at their hideout. Six of the gang were captured and sentenced to death for murder and aiding and abetting. Day, who along with Davis suffered superficial injuries, was presented with a set of silver plates for his efforts by the grateful citizens of Scone.