In February 1865 four of the Faithfull brothers were attacked by bushrangers Ben Hall and his gang members, John Gilbert and Johnnie Dunn. To the bushrangers' surprise, the teenage boys fired back. It was a short but harrowing battle during which many shots were fired. The Faithfull boys escaped and Ben Hall and his gang [...]
The small village of Koorawatha is the site of a notable 1864 gun battle between bushrangers and the police. The bushrangers tried to steal race horses from the Bang Bang Hotel - they were thwarted by police. The Bang Bang Hotel was demolished in the 1950's - a cairn marks the spot where it used [...]
There are many early graves in the Grenfell cemetery including some Chinese graves. Further information including English translations of the Chinese headstones are available from the Grenfell Historical Society. In addition bush ranger Daniel Charters, a member of Ben Halls gang, is also buried in the Grenfell Cemetery.
Following the devastating 1852 flood, the town lock-up needed to be rebuilt as a watch-house or gaol. Alexander Dawson, the colonial architect, designed the building and Charles Hardy won the tender for its construction in 1859. Hardy and Hodson builders completed further additions in 1861, and in 1863 a kitchen was built for the gaol, [...]
Flash Johnny – snappy dresser, sweet talker, big spender… As you explore Johnny Gilbert’s stamping ground, you might consider whether he was the baddest bushranger of all. With 630 armed holdups to his short career he was certainly hard working! But May 13 1865 was a bad day for Johnny Gilbert as he was shot [...]