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Frank Gardiner : Bushranger to Businessman, 1830-1904 - Alec Morrison

Frank Gardiner

Bushranger to Businessman, 1830-1904

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The fascinating account of the exploits of bush-ranger Frank Gardiner, set against a backdrop of Australia in the gold rush era, has it all drama, excitement, personal tragedy, even a love story!

Gardiner was a national celebrity in his own time. In 1862 he and his gang pulled off the biggest robbery of colonial times, relieving the Forbes- Sydney gold escort of billion and banknotes worth around $4 million in today's money.

Though a hardened criminal, Gardiner had qualities that set him apart from most of the thuggish misfits and murders of the bush-ranging fraternity. He was intelligent, energetic, disciplined and brave, with great physical and mental endurance and outstanding powers of leadership.

He was famously lucky too and unlike many of his peers, he survived more than his three scores and ten. After paying for his rimes with a ten year stint in Darlinghurst Gaol, he emigrated to California where he began a new life as a prosperous businessman, running a saloon in San Francisco's notorious Barbary Coast district before reputedly marrying a rich widow and retiring to a fine ranch.



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good read


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      okay read


      It is a fascinating story.


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      • Easy To Understand
      • Good Historical Backdrop
      • Informative
      • Well Written


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        Entertaining with good historical references.

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        1. South Of The Murray

        2. Bendigo And Return To Goulburn

        3. Ticket Of Leave And Lambing Flat

        4. Control Of The Roads

        5. A Gunfight At Fogg’s Hut

        6. The Flying Squads

        7. The Coaches

        8. The New Police And A Matter Of Breeding

        9. The Great Escort Robbery

        10. The Case

        11. Return Of The Flying Squads

        12. Apis Creek

        13. Trial

        14. Prison, Petition And Release

        15. Gardiner In San Francisco

        Epilogue: Return To Wheogo

        Gardiner In Retrospect


        End Notes



        ISBN: 9781740310819
        ISBN-10: 1740310810
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 162
        Published: 14th October 2003
        Country of Publication: AU
        Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.0  x 1.5
        Weight (kg): 0.255
        Edition Number: 1