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The Ben Hall Gang

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 8 June 2015 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

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.

SONY ILCE-6000 1/800 second F/8.0 ISO 400 50 mm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifiques portraits, belle allure. )

8 Jun 2015 5:28am

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I have the impression to look at a western. Excellent this commemorative photo

8 Jun 2015 5:43am

Toscana from Baden, France

Beautiful image ! Thanks for all the explain, and I shall listen the balad ...
Bonne journée, amitiés.

8 Jun 2015 7:39am

Martine Libouton from bousval, Belgium

Superbe prise! bravo à toi! et très beau en B&W

8 Jun 2015 9:47am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Great back story and a nice period feel portrait

8 Jun 2015 10:06am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An excellent portrait of the desperados. I enjoyed the folk song about Ben, too.

8 Jun 2015 1:47pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful composition, focus & lighting!

8 Jun 2015 3:44pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

FOr a gang they certainly look friendly! Great feeling in this image

8 Jun 2015 5:07pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful smile captured on his face!! And your processing of this shot in B&W gives it a nice vintage feel! Interesting story on Ben Hall as well.

8 Jun 2015 6:13pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fabulous portraits! They have wonderful smiles! He has quite a history! 5*****

9 Jun 2015 1:45am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

intéressant regard

9 Jun 2015 7:16am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice friendly portraits!

9 Jun 2015 6:15pm

1/800 second
ISO 400
50 mm