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Australian Bushrangers Series – Ben Hall

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Authors: Jane Smith
Australian history, bushrangers

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Ben Hall, sometimes referred to as the “gentleman bushranger”, was the son of poor ex-convicts. His early adult life held promise though; he was hard-working and well respected. He had a family and a partnership in his own cattle station. Then a series of misfortunes befell Hall and his path crossed that of the notorious bushranger Frank Gardiner. Influenced by Gardiner and his gang, Ben Hall entered into a life of crime. During his three years as a bushranger, Hall and his gang committed hundreds of robberies, many of which were violent. For a time, however, Hall had the support of the public, who respected his daring and courage and admired him for outwitting the police. This book tells the story of Ben’s life, his notorious exploits as a bushranger and the events that lead to his ultimate betrayal and death.

The Australian Bushrangers series by historical researcher, Jane Smith, details the colourful lives of six of Australia’s most famous bushrangers: Captain Thunderbolt, Captain Moonlite, Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, and the two men known as ‘Captain Starlight’. These simply written and entertaining books are beautifully presented and historically accurate. Full of interesting facts and dangerous exploits, and including lots of newspaper clippings,images and primary sources, these books will appeal to younger readers, and in fact anyone interested in Australian Colonial history.

Jane Smith

Jane Smith

Jane Smith, an accomplished author, archivist, editor and librarian, is dedicated to resurrecting captivating tales from history’s depths for readers of all ages. With a prolific portfolio spanning fiction and non-fiction since 2014, Jane has published over twenty books with a historical focus. Jane’s works have received national acclaim and earned multiple prestigious literary award […]

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3 reviews for Australian Bushrangers Series – Ben Hall

  1. In this absorbing set of five paperback information books, author Jane Smith has provided c, effectively debunking the myths and exposing the raw criminality of these outlaws. Russ Merrin, Magpie Magazine.

  2. ‘Packed in this way, with curious and ‘collectable’ facts, Ben Hall explores themes such as dissatisfaction, perception and the allure of notoriety, and offers an insight into Australian colonial history for young readers.’ – J. Wishart, “Buzzwords”

  3. Fabulous non fiction books for kids on an exciting period of Australian history: the bushrangers. With lots of photos and a clear, strong narrative, they are an excellent, accessible introduction to the flamboyant characters and tumultuous atmosphere of the bushranging era. And for me, writing my Ben Hall novel, the ones on Frank Gardiner and Ben Hall himself have been useful additions to my research pile, while the Thunderbolt one is of course of local interest 🙂
    Highly recommended!

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