I am in the village of Collector for its Wild Colonial Day. It was the 150th anniversary of a raid by the Ben Hall Gang. The Day featured a reenactment of those events. The outlaws ride into town and here you see Ben Hall (left) with John Dunn. The third member of the gang was Flash Johnny Gilbert.
Ben Hall was one of Australia's most famous bushrangers. After his home was burnt down by the police, Hall formed an outlaw gang with Dunn and Gilbert. Hall kept his men well armed and they often used stolen race horses to outrun police. The Ben Hall Gang committed more than 600 hold-ups. During the gold rush, stage coaches and armed escorts carrying gold to Sydney were a tempting target for bushrangers.
Betrayed by an informer, Hall was ambushed and shot by the police in May 1865. According to the Australian Dictionary of Biography, his funeral was 'rather numerously attended' for his reckless courage, courtesy to women, humour and hatred of informers had won him a widespread sympathy.
Ben Hall’s life story is told in this folk ballad - well worth a listen.