None have been proven. He was taken back to Sydneyand sentenced to 32 years hard labour. A couple of months later he relocated to a more upmarket Brannan St which was closer to the docks.
They planned to sell the horses jeesie Portland. This hold up is considered to be one of the largest ever gold robberies in Australian history. This time he was sentenced to fourteen years seven years for each charge. He is just one of many Australians exiled from this country during the bushranging era.
Another rumour was that he died in Colorado in He was granted an early release, conditional on his escotr the country. There are scattered reports of him having been arrested at the McIvor diggings on suspicion of robbing the gold escort the week. What happened to the remaining gold is still the subject of much speculation and rumour. Granted a ticket of leave in on the condition of staying in the Carcoar district, he soon ed Peisley, who was roaming as a lone highwayman.
The circumstances of his death are not known with any degree of certainty, due in large part to the destruction caused during the San Francisco earthquake. Gardiner rscort served 10 years of his sentence when he was released by Sir Hercules Robinsonthen Governor of New South Walesafter successful appeals by his two sisters.
In February Gardiner now calling himself Clarke and Prior were caught trying to sell stolen horses at Yass. His ticket of leave was revoked and a warrant for his arrest for cattle stealing was jamse.
Gardiner was tried under his real name, Christie, at Geelong on 22 October and sentenced to five years hard labour. Australians arriving in San Francisco would often ask about him and have a drink at his premises. However, Morton followed their tracks to Bilston's Inn, near Heywoodwhere the trio were arrested.
Gardiner was apprehended in escot circumstances by both NSW police operating outside their jurisdiction and by troopers of the paramilitary Native Police. There are many rumours about his life there, including a claim that he married a rich American widow and had two sons. Briefly captured after a gunfight with two troopers at Fogg's hut near Reids FlatGardiner and Fogg managed to bribe one of the policemen to allow Gardiner to escape.
Most of the convicts were rounded up within days but Gardiner escaped and made his way to New South Walesperhaps stopping at the station in central Victoria where his father and younger sisters were living. While imprisoned on Cockatoo Island he met the bushranger John Peisley. Treasure hunters still visit the jamds and it is even rumoured that two Americans who were thought to be Gardiner's nephews visited the Wheogo Station near the Weddins in claiming jamees be miners.
Much of the gold was recovered by mounted police after they jwssie the gang on Wheoga Hill near Forbes. By he was out on the street, it was reported that Gardiner had overextended credit to his clientele and couldn't pay the bills. However, there is no record of him ever appearing in court in this matter.