Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 – 1930), Sunday 13 July 1913, page 22 ‘THE CHAMBER OF HORRORS’ Some of the Grim Mementoes of Australia’s Criminal History Contained in the Sydney Police Museum. FAMOUS CASES RECALLED. The first impression one gains of the interior of the musuem, attached to the New South Wales Police Department, in Hunterstreet, Sydney, is that of a second-hand shop. It contains everything to convey this idea— but there is a difference — goods are not for sale. No amount of money could purchase even the smallest article in that closely-guarded room. It is safe to … Continue reading Spotlight: THE CHAMBER OF HORRORS
In estimating the character of this man, who has obtained such an unenviable notoriety throughout the colonies during the past three years an insight into his early life may be of some assistance, and I have therefore, taken some pains to collect the following brief history of certain incidents concerning him.
On Thursday night a horse was stolen out of a paddock at Murrumburrah, of which no particulars could be ascertained till about eleven o’clock on Friday morning, when a man named Furlonge, who was travelling with sheep, stated that he had been visited by Gilbert and Dunn, who rounded up his horses and took a favorite animal, leaving in its stead the one taken from Murrumburrah.
By March 1865 the Hall Gang were struggling. The murders of Sergeant Parry and Constable Nelson had elevated these highwaymen to murderers and thus the hunt for them had ramped up. Because of the lowered success from highway robbery, the … Continue reading The Araluen Escort Robbery
Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 – 1908), Tuesday 3 November 1868, page 6 Death of Dunleavy, the Bushranger. — The City Coroner held an inquest at the Darlinghurst Gaol, yesterday, repecting the death of … Continue reading Spotlight: Death of Dunleavy the Bushranger
The bushranger gangs of the 1860s were not too different to the rock bands of the 1970s. The members were larger than life, they were constantly travelling, and the members were constantly changing either because of “creative differences”, imprisonment or … Continue reading The Shootout at the Bang Bang Hotel
Kilmore Free Press and Counties of Bourke and Dalhousie Advertiser (Kilmore, Vic. : 1865 – 1868), Thursday 29 March 1866, page 4 EXECUTION OF DUNN THE BUSHRANGER.Sydney Herald, 20th March A sadder scene was never enacted in that … Continue reading Spotlight: Execution of Dunn the Bushranger
The following detailed depictions of the final form of the Hall Gang give an intriguing insight into the state of the trio in the period between the murder of Sgt. Parry and that of Const. Nelson. The incident is almost … Continue reading Spotlight: Ben Hall’s Gang, December 1864
In 2017 Matthew Holmes’ dream to create a bushranging epic for the big screen was finally realised with the theatrical release of The Legend of Ben Hall. Though it was a limited release, it gained a strong following and has … Continue reading The Director Speaks: Matthew Holmes Interviewed
Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Sunday 20 August 1989, page 18 Ben Hall’s bizarre bushranging battle By ROBERT WILLSON IT WAS late afternoon on October 24, 1863, when Commissioner Henry Keightley of Dunn’s Plains, south of Bathurst, saw … Continue reading Spotlight: Ben Hall’s Bizarre Bushranging Battle