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Here we have one again: a monument for a bushranger,and his name is Ben Hall (1837–1865)
You will find his monument next to the tourist-information inside the former trainstation of Forbes and this is the inscription written on it:
Ben Hall took openly to Bushranging in 1863,
though he was long suspected of beeing an accomplice of Frank Gardiner.
For more than 2 years Hall bailed up mail coaches, travellers, Inn-keepers,
squatters and storekeepers in the Lachlan district.
Aged 27 he was shot by a police party of eight,
led by sub-inspector James Henry Davidson
on 5 May 1865 about 20km northwest of Forbes.
This statue was commissioned by Ben Hall 3rd
(great grandson of Ben Hall)
and sculptured by Pamela Norman.
Have a Ben Hall - experience
is the inscription of the tourist-information there - see my 3rd picture.
I dont know if you will be robbed in their shop or what else that might mean...
Monkerai Bridge was actually the reason for me to drive to Stroud, but when I got there, the bridge was closed due to some repairs after heavy rainfalls and besides of this, the road to Monkerai Bridge was unsealed, so I was not allowed to drive there in my rental car.
This bridge dates back to the year 1882 and comprises 6 spans with an overall length of 98,4 meters
Dungog is another village in that area that I found quite interesting for some great local architecture, one of the oldest cinemas in Australia and a lot more. You will pass by this village when you drive to Stroud from the west and the distance to Stroud is about 12km from Dungog.
So maybe you should calculate half an hour or so for a stroll through this village as well, they also have a good supermarket, while shopping in Stroud is rather limited.
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Clarence Town Bridge (The "Brig" O' Johnston) is the oldest timber truss bridge in New South Wales, and it is dating back to the year 1880. This bridge is still in use nowadays for everyday trafic. There is a oneway system on that bridge, so you have to make sure, no other car is oncoming while you drive on that bridge. At the southern end of the bridge you will find a small car-parking, from where you can walk under the bridge and take photos there, like I did.
Clarence-bridge is about 20km south of Stroud.
Finding the fossils
Australia, like other really old countries does spend some time and effort to find, highlight and preserve fossils when they're found. I am not what you would call 'up' on this topic but I do love our trees (you might have noticed my hugging habits elsewhere). This leaf fossil is of a comparitively new 'find' as it were, and is having some energy devoted to it now.
The Wollemi pine tree is also known as the dinasour tree because it is reported to have been around during that era. This photo, was taken from an exhibit in Taronga Park Zoo, but I believe that the tree in its natural state can be found in the Blue Mountains. Google has lots of links for the Wollemi pine, the Government one is listed here for your reference.
to-day. So pleased that the slide lasted the distance and that the local camera shop was able to pull off a great print. Lovely area.
This is a snippet taken from the site below:-
Originally inhabited by the Wodi Wodi Aborigines the first Europeans to pass through the area, in 1797, were the survivors of the wreck of the Sydney Cove. Shortly afterwards George Bass travelled down the coast looking for other survivors. He discovered coal near Stanwell Park at Coalcliff.
You cant always stop when on a tour, to take that one photograph that you really, really must have, so it might be worth your while to practice up.
This one in New Zealand and the window wasn't the problem but the telegraph pole was a bit.
I have visited it myself a number of times but by far the most fun time that I had was at the expense of a friend who I captured being sealed by a kiss.......
The Oceanarium or the Pet Porpoise pool as the locals call it guarantees a couple of shows a day with the dolphins as well as some interesting encounters with seals and other aussie natives.
This was the very first well and pump of Murrurundi and it was built at this place, in the very centre of the village in 1844. It was place to take the water from there into the houses and in the 1920s this trough was added for animals, mainly dogs and horses. You will find this well next to the church of the "Uniting Church" and opposite of the museum.
In my last 3 pictures: The "Uniting Chrurch"
You will find a lot of churches in Murrurundi and this one - next to the town-museum - was turned into a museum as well and an exhibition-hall. They had a bridal exhibition there inside that church and I was able to take some photos of its interior through the windows.
Take a look at the cemetery as well because there you will find the grave of Bushranger Ben Hall, who was shot by local police in 1865.
For more than 2 years Hall bailed up mail coaches, travellers, Inn-keepers, squatters and storekeepers in the Lachlan district.
In the age of just 27 he was shot by a police party of eight, led by sub-inspector James Henry Davidson on 5 May 1865 about 20km northwest of Forbes.
For some local people he still seems to be a hero and lots of people there still carry the name of Ben Hall proudly, just like Ben Hall 3rd, there is a Ben Hall Motel etc. etc.
Once that you came so far off the beaten path in New South Wales as Dungog, do yourself a favour and drive on another 12 km in order to get to Stroud, a historical village founded already in 1824. You will see some great buildings there and the famous Monkerai bridge, the 2nd oldest wooden bridge of its kind in New South Wales.
In Stroud you will also find a good resting-place, where you can park your camper overnight (my last photo here).
Phillip Island is a beautiful little island located an hour or two southeast of Melbourne. It is currently home to one of the largest colonies of Fairy Penguins, as well as a Koala Sanctuary and the home of the Phillip Island Motorcycle Grand Prix.
This is a great location for a long day trip, or even a weekend away!
For more information on Phillip Island, check out my page on the link below!
Not far from Ben Hall's grave you will find the grave of Catherine Ada Foster, who was better known as Kate Kelly, and she was the legendary sister of Ned Kelly. She was no criminal like Ben Hall, but rather a victim by some local policeman, just like Ned Kelly, read more about this story in my links below !
My other pics: the cemetery is divided into different parts, according to their religion, so there is a jewish part as well with some interesting tombstones.This is a link to the story in english
This is a link to the story in german
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