The Australian Bushrangers Series by librarian and historical researcher, Jane Smith, details the colourful lives of six of Australia’s most famous bushrangers of the gold rush era: Captain Thunderbolt, Captain Moonlite, Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, and the two men known as “Captain Starlight”.
These simply written, concise narratives provide an insight into the lives of these bushrangers, and for the first time dispel many of the myths surrounding them. Based on meticulous research of primary sources, the books are full of interesting facts and loaded with images, newspaper clippings and records.
Frank Gardiner was a very influential bushranger. Handsome, charismatic and dangerous, he inspired many young men to abandon their honest work and turn to highway robbery. Gardiner was the leader of the infamous Gold Escort robbery at Eugowra Rocks. He was the bushranger who almost “got away”, escaping to Queensland and running a successful public house until his eventual, controversial arrest.