Henty is known locally for its connections with the bushranger ‘Mad Dan’ Morgan. Two kilometres west of town on the Pleasant Hills Road is a memorial stone on the site where Morgan shot Sergeant Thomas Smyth in September 1864.
The new plaque was erected by the NSW Police Service and reads ‘A memorial to Senior Sergeant Thomas Smyth, aged 29. A member of the NSW Police Force shot by bushranger Dan Morgan in the surrounding hills on 4 September 1864. Senior Sergeant Smyth received a gunshot wound to his left shoulder and convalesced at the Imperial Hotel, Albury until 29 September 1864 where he haemorrhaged as a result of the gunshot wound and died. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the Albury cemetery.’
Visitors interested in the infamous tales of ‘Mad Dan’ Morgan can also visit the John McLean Memorial in Culcairn and Morgan’s Lookout at Walla Walla.
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