The Bathurst Rebellion

William Suttor, Ralph Entwistle and the Ribbon Boys Author Michael Adams Australia’s strangest convict uprising began with a skinny dip — and ended with a mass hanging that would go down in the history books. Our white colonial history is richly embroidered with romantic stories of good-hearted bushrangers who aspired to be Robin Hood-style figures … Continue reading The Bathurst Rebellion

Louie Suttor, Ilford & Clandulla

Louie Bathurst Blackmore (Nee Suttor) Louie Suttor, Mother of Greg and Robert "Bret" Blackmore, went to primary school in Ilford NSW. Her parents Dud and Betty Suttor had an Orchard in the area at “Myola” Tabrabucca, and Louie rode a horse to school. Ilford School Residence Ilford School (Burnt down in 1930) Dud Suttor’s parents … Continue reading Louie Suttor, Ilford & Clandulla

William Suttor & Aboriginal Clan Chief “Windradyne”

Bathurst was attractive country to the new settlers, rich deep soil, water and open plains. The local tribe, the Wiradjuri valued it for the same reasons. The relationship with the settlers was troubled from the beginning. The annexing of the good land and especially the building of fences caused real conflict. Martial Law was declared … Continue reading William Suttor & Aboriginal Clan Chief “Windradyne”

The Ribbon Gang of Bathurst Bushrangers

In 1830 a convict mutiny flared at Bathurst. Driven beyond endurance by brutal treatment, a young convict, Ralph Entwistle, led a spectacular goal break. Entwistle had been flogged and had his ticket of leave cancelled for bathing naked in a stream as the Governor rode by. He vowed never to be captured alive. Other convicts … Continue reading The Ribbon Gang of Bathurst Bushrangers

William Suttor’s Pistol Duel

In 1832, great, great, grandfather, William Suttor became enamoured with a local Bathurst girl, the daughter of a fiery West Indian planter, who had taken up a grant on the Bathurst Plains. William and the girl enjoyed clandestine meetings at the Willow Pond – until a new man came on the scene. He was Scottish … Continue reading William Suttor’s Pistol Duel

William Suttor reads his own Obituary

Letters and telegrams of condolence poured into “Alloway Bank”, near Bathurst, one day in the 1870’s, when a Sydney newspaper announced the death of William Henry Suttor, of Bathurst Plains. Most amused was William Henry himself. His deep laugh boomed through the homestead as he read his own obituary. With relish he opened each black-bordered … Continue reading William Suttor reads his own Obituary