Few Australian stories are more enthralling and captivating than that of Ben Hall. Easily the most prolific bushranger in Australian colonial history, his legacy of crime and outlawry surpasses even that of Ned Kelly. Yet very few people know his name. 'The Legend of Ben Hall' will change that forever.
Bushranger is an Australian term for a highwayman or bandit that operated during the 19th century that lived and operated in the vast expanses of bush in Australia's frontier.
Ben Hall (1837 – 1865) roamed an area of New South Wales from Bathurst to Forbes, south to Gundagai and east to Goulburn, leading the most notorious gang in Australia's colonial past which included John Gilbert, John Dunn, John O'Meally and John Vane.
His gang carried out hundreds of audacious raids and robberies, many of which were intended to taunt and humiliate the police. Unable to catch the gang, the Government declared Ben Hall, John Gilbert and John Dunn as outlaws that can be shot on sight by any person.
Ben Hall's life came to a violent end at the hands of the police on May 5th, 1865 outside Forbes, NSW. Since then, his tale of betrayal, revenge, romance and crime has fascinated many generations and has become part of Australian folklore.