Ben Hall's Cave - Weddin Mountains National Park

Ben Halls Cave
European settlers moved into the area around the Weddin Mountains in the
late 1820s and early l830s. This period also ushered in the lawlessnes of a sparsely populated and policed area. The first Bushrangers to appear jn this region were two escaped convicts, Scotchey and Witton, who used the Weddin range as a refuge until the law caught up with them.
With the discovery of gold at Lambing Flat (Young)in 1859 and Forbes in 1860 a tremendous increase in the population occurred. At this time another group of bushrangers made the Weddin Mountains their retreat and hideout.

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This group of outlaws comprised Frank Gardiner, John O'Meally and John Gilbert. They were later joined by Ben Hall, John Dunn and Mick Bourke. Others who became associated with the gang for a short time were Dan Charters, Alec Fordyce, Harry Manns and John Bow. ^
The gang ranged far and wide, holding up mail coaches, travellers, store keepers, homesteads, a gold escort and on one occasion the town of Canowindra for two days. After these sorties they would return to their hideouts in the Weddin Mountains. This cave is one of a number of shelters repordedly used by Ben Hall and his, gang.
This period in our history lasted from 1859 to 1865 and by then all these outlaws had either been hanged, shot, gaoled, pardoned or deported, thus ending a very colourful period in our colonial history.

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Weddin Mountains is a national park in New South Wales, Australia, 291 km west of Sydney. It is a small crescent shaped range, with a high point some 750 m above sea level, running roughly north south with steep cliffs on the eastern side sloping more gradually down to the plane in the west. Weddin mountains is a small patch of remnant vegetation which ecaped clearing due to its ruggedness. It has lots of aircraft passing overhead on their way from Sydney to Adelaide, is part of the Lachlan Fold system and is Wiradjuri country.
There is a walk around 'Seaton's Historic Farm', which is now part of the national park. Seatons Farm is how one man and his wife turned every bit of wire into something useful. Jim Seaton hand made 3 km/1.8 miles of kangaroo proof fence by hand, with posts of local saplings, which are rot and vermin proof. The property was occupied in the late 1920s and during the Depression it was set up as a farm. Times and the land were hard and the buildings represent this. The sheds have walls made from flattened corrugated iron so that it stretched further. One of the sheds is full of old wire, iron sheets, bottles, everything you can imagine. All the old machinery is still there, sitting where it was when the family sold the property to the Government in the 1980s. A unique place, showing how the less well off farmers did it in the early and mid 1900s.

Source: on site information board / Weddin Mt NP wikipedia