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                                                    CHRIS                                                     KENYON whitespacer CHRIS KENYON

27 Landscapes from the Life of Ben Hall Exhibition

The gold fever that gripped the New South Wales population in the 1850s and 60s brought people flooding into the Forbes district, who were housed, by necessity, in a giant tent city.

The wealth of the area led to the development of the substantial hotels, churches and other civic and private buildings that grace the Central West town of Forbes today.

All kinds of people, seeking their fortune in a variety of ways, were obviously attracted to the area. Long- time criminals, Frank Gardiner and John Gilbert, acted as catalysts for the brief but spectacular bushranging career of Ben Hall, who began associating with them in 1862. His 3 year spree turned him into one of Australias most notorious bushrangers.

It is presumed that Ben, resentful and rebellious against society, took up bushranging when his wife Bridget left their marriage of 8 years, taking with her his much-loved son, Henry.

 At this time, they had been squatting on a back country cattle run 48 Km south of Forbes, near The Pinnacle.

The incidents linked to Ben Hall number in the hundreds, but the following Australian firsts contributed significantly to his notoriety:

         The attempted daylight robbery of the bank in Carcoar.

         The largest gold robbery in Australias history, when the gold escort was bailed up at Eugowra Rocks, east of Forbes.

Halls career ended ignominiously on May 5th 1865 at Billabong Creek near Forbes. It is assumed that betrayal by a friend led the police party of 8 to trap him while he was alone and living rough in the bush. At least 30 shots were fired into his body, with reports that he did not fire back, although armed.

The killing was controversial, because although Hall had been declared an outlaw, the papers confirming his status had not been signed by the Governor of the state.

He was buried in the cemetery in Forbes, just 2 days before his 28th birthday.

John Gilbert, who had been declared an outlaw, was cornered and shot dead by police at Binalong, 8 days after the death of Ben Hall.

John Dunn, declared an outlaw, was captured 6 months after Halls death. He was tried and hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol in Sydney on the 19th of March 1866.

Frank Gardiner was captured in Queensland, spent 10 years of a 32 year sentence in gaol and was subsequently deported to the United States.

I give special thanks to Peter Bradley, Margaret Lockett and Craig Bratley,  for their invaluable help and guidance in the long and fascinating exploration of the life of Ben Hall, with its many unexpected turns and  serendipidous  encounters.

Visual    CHRIS KENYON EXHIBITION                         

 


Exhibitions at Soho Galleries by CHRIS KENYON
27 LANDSCAPES FROM THE LIFE OF BEN HALL - 09-06-2012 to 30-06-2012
ALL THE BEST GROUP EXHIBITION - 19-12-2017 to 01-02-2018
 
Artworks from "27 LANDSCAPES FROM THE LIFE OF BEN HALL" Exhibition
        CK SANDY CREEK
CK SANDY CREEK
       CK  WALSH'S WHEOGO HOMESITE
CK WALSH'S WHEOGO HOMESITE
      CK  THE ROAD TO FORBES
CK THE ROAD TO FORBES
     CK   WEDDING OF BEN AND BIDDY
CK WEDDING OF BEN AND BIDDY
     CK  CANOWINDRA
CK CANOWINDRA
     CK  GOIMBLA
CK GOIMBLA
    CK  CARCOAR  LANEWAY
CK CARCOAR LANEWAY
    CK  THE PINNACLE
CK THE PINNACLE
    CK  WHEOGO HILL GARDINERS HIDEOUT
CK WHEOGO HILL GARDINERS HIDEOUT
    CK CROOTE COTTAGE, GOOLOOGONG
CK CROOTE COTTAGE, GOOLOOGONG
   CK  ESCORT ROCK EUGOWRA
CK ESCORT ROCK EUGOWRA
   CK  WOODSTOCK
CK WOODSTOCK
  CK  FENN'S CROSSING FORBES
CK FENN'S CROSSING FORBES
  CK  KEIGHTLEY, DUNNS PLAIN
CK KEIGHTLEY, DUNNS PLAIN
CK PORTRAIT OF BEN HALL
CK PORTRAIT OF BEN HALL
  

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Artworks from "ALL THE BEST GROUP EXHIBITION" Exhibition
   CK  WOODSTOCK
CK WOODSTOCK
 CK BIRDS AT LOW TIDE
CK BIRDS AT LOW TIDE
CK FLOATING LOG
CK FLOATING LOG
CK REFLECTIONS TRYPTICH
CK REFLECTIONS TRYPTICH
  

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