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Wild Colonial Boys: Bushrangers in Victoria

Melbourne

  • Dangerously suspicious by S.T. Gill. Courtesy of the La Trobe Collection State Library of Victoria
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20 Aug 2017
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20 Spring Street, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002

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Wild Colonial Boys: Bushrangers in Victoria will reveal the long history of bushranging in Victoria, with some new and little-known characters from Victoria's frontier past. Meet the first bushrangers convicted in 1842 who were tried and executed publicly as an example to others. And the audacious gang who held up travellers on St Kilda Road in the 1850s.

Wild Colonial Boys: Bushrangers in Victoria will reveal the long history of bushranging in Victoria, with some new and little-known characters from Victoria's frontier past. Meet the first bushrangers convicted in 1842 who were tried and executed publicly as an example to others. And the audacious gang who held up travellers on St Kilda Road in the 1850s.

Early Victoria was a frontier society in every sense. From the 1840s gangs of 'bushrangers' roamed in search of vulnerable travellers and stock, terrorising remote settlements and creating public panic. The advent of gold drew more such men to the Colony.

Explore the stories of the Plenty Gang, the St Kilda Gang and Victoria's most famous bushranger Ned Kelly who operated within a stone's throw of settled towns. You will also learn of the other 'wild colonial boys' who infested Victoria's bushlands.

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This is a free event

Facilities

  • Non smoking establishment

Memberships

  • Museums Australia
  • National Trust

Accessibility

Disabled access available, contact operator for details

Entry cost

Free Entry