happy? - May 5
Subject: happy? - May 5|
From: Abby Sale
Date: 05 May 05 - 08:23 AM
Ben Hall was born in Breeza, NSW in 1837. He was ambushed and killed by a police party:
This song was collected by John Meredith from Sally Sloane who told him that Ben
Hall's sister-in-law was the midwife at her birth. In his Folk Songs of Australia,
Meredith quotes Sally Sloane talking about the bushranger: "I saw the place where Ben Hall
was killed. He lay down to have a rest this day and was ambushed. Yes it was near Forbes
on the Lachlan Plain. He lay there this day waiting for Coobung Mick to bring food to him.
Instead of bringing food he brought the cops. and when the policemen came they surrounded
him and riddled his body with bullets".
From Mark Gregory's Digital Muse
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