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24-March-2015
24-March-2015

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A centenary monument commemorates the re-enactment of the holdup at the site where Frank Gardiner`s bushranging gang undertook Australia`s largest gold robbery.

On June 15, 1862, Australia’s biggest and most infamous gold robbery took place just outside Eugowra when Frank Gardiner’s gang ambushed the Forbes-Orange Cobb & Co coach. The bushrangers stole 82.5kg of gold and $7400 in cash. Only a small amount of the total haul worth $28,000 was recovered. Gardiner was never brought to trial for the robbery and subsequently died of natural causes in California in 1883.

Location

Address:Escort Way, Escort Rock, 4 kilometres north-east of Eugowra, Eugowra, 2806
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.402222
Long: 148.412222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Crime
Actual Event STart Date:15-June-1862
Actual Event End Date:15-June-1862

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1962
Front Inscription

232 yds. East From This Point Is
       "ESCORT ROCK"
When The Gold Escort From Forbes Was Robbed By
        FRANK GARDINER`S GANG
(Which Included Notorious Ben Hall )
         On 15th June 1862.
The Road Was blocked With 2 Bullock Teams,
The Drivers Forced To Lie Face Downwards,
The Gang Then Ambushed The Armed Escort &
Robbed The Coach Of 2,719 Ozs. Gold & £3,700 In Cash.

Erected 1962 - By Citizens Of Eugowra

Source: MA,H
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