This Week In History

During the 1860’s and 1870’s Bushrangers such as Frank Gardiner, Johnny Gilbert, Ben Hall, Dan Morgan and Captain Moonlite roamed  large sections of  the Riverina area. Bushranging numbers in the area had increased rapidly with the rise of the colonial-born sons of poor, often ex-convict squatters who were drawn to a more glamorous life than mining or farming. This escalation in activity and increasing boldness of many bushrangers  led to frequent contact between  them and the local population.

 A Sydney Morning Herald article dated September 1st 1863 recounts the story of two such encounters that occurred during this week 150 years ago.

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