07 Jul Bushrangers – Brave Ben Hall
Born 9th May 1837 in Maitland NSW. Ben was on the path to being a successful grazier until his wife Biddy left to live with a flash young stockman named James Taylor. He became despondent and started associating with notorious bushranger James Gardiner. This led to him becoming involved in a series of robberies, many of which were to emphasise that the gang could act with impunity and belittle the police. After they raided the town of Bathurst they moved on to Canowindra and held the town hostage for 3 days in which much alcohol was drunk and the town policeman was convinced to join in the revelry. The Bushrangers recompensed the town for expenses before they left. From 1863 to 1865, Ben Hall and his various associates conducted one of the most prolific periods of bushranging in the colony with over 100 robberies, several villages, dozens of stage coaches and many prize race horses taken. In 1865 Hall separated from his companions for a short time and was ambushed by eight well-armed policemen and shot dead.