Ben Buckley.......the wild man of the Victorian High Country

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Gidday

You might recall I put a post on here asking about a fella who I couldn’t put a name to, or at least remember his name.

Within a very short time, the forum replied and I’ve since got a copy of ‘Buckley’s Chance’ written by Bob Stevens.

Ben is not the only character in the High Country, but I was interested in finally reading his story. This all started back in late 80’s when I was the Shell distributor in Gippsland, including the High Country.

I’d heard of Ben’s antics after many a night in the bush pubs and finally tracked his story down.

Have a read of it.

Regards

Kim
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Reply By: garrycol - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 20:59

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 20:59
Was the subject of a documentary on the ABC about 6 weeks ago. It didn't seem to cover the high country mainly the area around Port Phillip.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 21:01

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 21:01
Good doco, however that was William Buckley....

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Follow Up By: garrycol - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 21:01

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 21:01
Sorry this was about William Buckley not Ben Buckley.
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Follow Up By: Busy Bee - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 00:09

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 00:09
So which one is the subject of the expression "Buckley's chance"?
I thought William Buckley was worthy of it after seeing the doco but is it another Buckley?
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Reply By: Who was that again? (Vic) - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 21:59

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 21:59
Ben Buckley, a legend in his own lifetime. As a agricultural and bush pilot flew under a bridge and got into a little trouble with the authorities for his routine. Bit of a colourful lad you may say.

Ben is a Councillor in the East Gippsland Shire and before that Omeo Shire for a stint, including time as President. Flying an ultralight to New Zealand made a bit of history too.

Good family name in the area
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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 22:32

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 22:32
Gidday John

I think you'll find that Ben got into a lot of trouble well before the old Snowy bridge incidence around Orbost. LOL.

The old blokes in Nowa Nowa still talk about it.

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Kim
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Reply By: Big Show - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 22:21

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 22:21
Kim,
Where did you get the book from as I have flown with Ben as a kid so would love to have a read

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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 22:47

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 22:47
Gidday Peter

The title of the book is Buckley’s Chance. ISBN 0 957737203. You can order it from your local library.

Bob Stevens phone number is (03) 51552427 (he’s out of Lakes Entrance).

Hope this helps.

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