The great 1862 gold escort heist
By the start of 1862, the Frank Gardiner gang were well established as a major threat to travellers and mail services on the highways of central and south west NSW. No one suspected however, that the gang would ever dare to take on the rich gold escort with its four armed police guarding the weekly consignment of gold to Sydney from the staggeringly rich new field at Forbes.
On Sunday 15 June however, this is exactly what happened, when the Gardiner gang held up the escort at Eugowra and relieved it of its burden of 2719 ounces of gold, and £3700 in cash.
While at first the gang got away, a determined police hunt led by Frederick Pottinger eventually suceeded in regaining much of the booty and capturing 4 of the gang members.