ShouId you have an interest in wealth – however vague – give Forbes a try.
Many have turned a good idea into a fortune at Forbes. Gold prospectors, merchants, pastoralists … bushrangers. Frank Gardiner and Ben Hall made their fortunes the quickest.
One of their good ideas was to point a gun at an escort coach carrying gold and cash back in 1862. Their gang rode off with 14,000 pounds.
Ben Hall did pretty well from holdups until he was shot dead, but that unique Australian respect for the larrikin lawbreaker means his grave is still the most visited at Forbes Cemetery.
By the early 1900s, agriculture and pastoral wealth had overtaken gold income, and Forbes remains one of the richest primary producing areas in the State. Even its stock exchange deals in livestock.