Dictionary of Sydney – A Bushranger’s Escape or Fake News?

One of the most perplexing tales to come out of Norfolk Island in the nineteenth century is the story of Bennett and Balsto. It’s a story that beautifully illustrates both the complex difficulties that historical researchers can face, and the oft-stated advice to not believe everything you hear.

It’s a great story, the opposite of the trope of the criminal genius. But how much of it is true?

Have a listen and decide for yourself.
Picture Credit: State Library NSW (LR 23)

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