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Wild Colonial Boys

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
First published in 1948
This abridged version first published 1970

In this book Frank Clune brings to life the bushranging days of the nineteenth century, when audacious gangs won notoriety by their crimes. It vividly depicts the dark legacy of the convict system, the stirring times of exploration and pioneering development, the hectic gold rushes and the riots they provoked
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496 pages
Published 1982 by Angus & Robertson (first published December 1948)
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Michael de Percy
Jun 26, 2016 Michael de Percy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Although most of this work is based on historical facts, it reads like a fast-paced novel. Clune is right in saying that Australia's bushranging days were more brutal than the American West, but the period was never marketed as a film and literary goldmine as has been done in the US. I still cannot fathom why many of the towns in regional NSW do not continue to take greater advantage of their history. I remember driving past a sign indicating Ben Hall's grave in Forbes but there was no fanfare a ...more
Greg
Opening the book at random on page 182, the first line I read, "No bushwoman in Australia was ever afraid of a bushranger, because no bushranger would ever harm a woman."
Half way through. Very enjoyable read.
Susan
Dec 17, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished reading this book. What an epic with 657 pages! It was well worth the effort. Frank Clune is a talented writer with the ability to paint a very clear picture with words.
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