The Clarke Gang

The Clarke Gang

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9781925078480
Peter C Smith
2015
Paperback
664 pages
15cm x 22.5cm

Who were the Clarke Gang?  Ten years or more before Ned Kelly became famous the Clarke brothers
and their associates were  terrorising an area stretching from present day Canberra to the coast
from 1865 to 1867.  They intimidated, assaulted, robbed and murdered police and civilians alike.

They had no hesitation in killing any member of the gang  suspected of being untrustworthy. They
were able to escape what was then the rather short arm of the law by the vast network of relations
and "harbourersi. The author details their exploits and the terror they aroused in the population. 
His asks why The Clarke Gang are hardly known whereas Ned Kelly is regarded as an icon.  His conclusion
is interesting.

'It's taken more than 50 years, but Peter C. Smith's obsession with the Clarke gang has finally come
paid off with a fitting historical tome.' - Canberra Times