Hunter Valley Bushrangers
John (Johnny) Vane was born at Jerry's Plains on 26 June 1842. By 1848 his family had moved to Kelso, near Bathurst. They later settled near Trunkey Creek and then at Neville, south-east of Blayney.
On 30th July 1863 members
of Ben Hall's gang of bushrangers, John Gilbert and John
O'Meally conducted the first daylight bank robbery in the
colony of New South Wales. They acted on information they had
received from John Vane
On 18 Nov 1863 Vane surrendered to Father Timothy McCarthy who escorted him to Bathurst gaol. Vane was sentenced to 15 years hard labour at Darlinghurst gaol, but was released after only six for good behaviour.(1)
White was acquainted with John Vane. He published the story of John Vane's
bushranging days a few years after the death of Vane
'Among The Bushrangers' - by
The Advertiser 10
'Among The Bushrangers' - by Charles White.
The Advertiser 10 October 1908
John Vane died of Ilo-Colitis and exhaustion at Cowra hospital 29 January 1906 aged 63 years. He is buried at Woodstock cemetery.
(1) Bratby, Craig
(2) The Advertiser 10 October 1908
(3) The Argus (Melbourne) 31 January 1906