James Phelps talks about Australian Heist | Photos

TRUE crime writer and award-winning journalist James Phelps was in Bathurst recently to speak about his new book, Australian Heist.

The book tells the story of the bushranger gang, including Frank Gardiner and Ben Hall, that pulled off a gold robbery at Eugowra Rocks in 1862.

They escaped with 77 kilograms of gold, worth about $10 million today – which still makes it the largest gold robbery in Australian history.

Phelps has written a number of books about the nation’s toughest prisons and those incarcerated in them, including Australia’s Toughest Prison: Inmates, Green Is The New Black: Inside Australia’s Hardest Women’s Jails and Australia’s Most Murderous Prison: Behind The Walls Of Goulburn Jail.

He also co-wrote car racing legend Dick Johnson’s autobiography.