“THE ABERCROMBIE ZOMBIE”
and the Truth about Ralf Entwistle – and the Ribbon Gang…
In 1830, ten convict men were hanged in Bathurst – in what is now known as RIBBON GANG LANE.
The leader of `The Ribbon Gang’ was Ralf Entwistle.
Ralf, aged 25, was a builder and brickmaker from Bolton, England.
He was convicted in London for Larceny 1 (for stealing clothing)
In Bathurst, Ralf was given 50 lashes for skinny-dipping one hot day in the Macquarie River. (Ouch!)
Ralf also lost his Ticket Of Leave as a result (Double-Ouch!)
As the gang’s leader, Ralf wore white ribbons in his hat.
The Ribbon Gang had 143 members at one point. This means it was the largest convict uprising in the colony of New South Wales.
The Ribbon Gang had 3 wild shootouts – with 3 different posses – and were finally captured at their hideout at Abercrombie Caves. The ten remaining members of The Ribbon Gang were hung in November 1830, in Bathurst.
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