Quite some time ago, we took a long trip out round by Grenfell to look at some sites associated with the bushranger Ben Hall.
Well happenstance is a wonderful thing. Yesterday on our way back from Canberra we stopped in Jugiong to go to the loo and eat lunch in the park, as we often do, but as it was a hot day I parked under a big pine tree next to a modern bush style sculpture of a nineteenth century trooper and his horse.
And of course, I read the inscription, and it turned out to a monument to Edmund Parry, a police sergeant was who was killed in a fracas with Ben Hall and his gang when they held up the mail coach in Jugiong in 1864.
Apart from showing the lawlessness of the times, it also shows quite how far bushrangers ranged ….