Once I stood by Gilbert’s grave
On a night of frost and cold
Listening to the breezes whisper
A tale from days of old
And in my dreams
When the night was dark
The bushranger by the stream
Awoke to a warning yell
His horse was at his side
The moment the mounted troopers fell
Three shots echoed the mountainside
The night that Gilbert died.
Johnny Gilbert was an Australian bushranger. He was caught and shot by New South Wales troopers at Binalong in May 1865. Gilbert’s grave is on a rise just off the side of Burley Griffin Way, about half an hour drive from my home.