The Old Uralla Cemetery was established in the late 1850's and is very well maintained perhaps due to it being the resting place of the notorious bushranger Fred Ward AKA Captain Thunderbolt. His name has recently been in the news as many commentators compared this 19th century criminal to a recently captured 21st century criminal Malcolm Naden. If you want to read about either man click on their names for the Wikipedia link.
Fred Ward's inscription reads, "Erected by New England Residents To Mark Where Lies Thunderbolt (Fred Ward) Died May 25th 1870 Aged 36 Years". There is controversy if it is even Thunderbolt in the grave with one local resident claiming it is his brother Harry buried at Uralla.
The controversy doesn't stop there. A large bronze statue of the bushranger was unveiled in 1988 with some locals complaining that the money should've been spent on something else rather than a statue of a criminal.
Yes he does strike a 'heroic' pose but I don't think it glorifies bushrangers. Australians have always had a fascination with these lawbreakers from the 19th century. When Thunderbolt rode around Uralla it was gold mining that the town thrived on, today the gold is spent by tourists/travellers passing through on the busy New England Highway between Sydney and Brisbane.
Whenever you drive past there are usually tourists taking a snap, myself included, and after you have done that you can have a beer at the Thunderbolts Inn, have a pie at the Thunderbolt Pie Shop, buy a spring at the Thunderbolt Trailer Centre and in October attend the Thunderbolt Festival. Sadly you can't fill up your car at Thunderbolts Garage before driving out to Thunderbolts Rock anymore, it closed down!