Death of bushranger Ben Hall. 5 May 1865.
Ben Hall is probably the 2nd most famous bushranger in Australia after Ned Kelly. He was active during the gold rush of New South Wales in the early 1860s. This was the region where I grew up, one hundred years later.
Ben Hall was the son of a convict and had a small selection of land in central New South Wales before gold was discovered. When gold was discovered there was enormous social upheavel and that included pressure on the local farmers to give up land. Ben Hall got mixed up with the famous professional bushranger, Frank Gardiner, who is believed to have engineered the Eurgowra Gold Escort Coach Robbery. Frank Gardiner was convicted ultimately, but did his time them emigrated to the US and lived out his life there.
Ben Hall claimed he was not involved, although he did know Frank Gardiner. He was…
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