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The monument commemorates Jane Duff who saved her brothers when they were lost in the bush for nine days.

On Friday, 12th. of August, 1854, Hannah Duff, wife of shepherd John Duff of Spring Hill Station, sent her three children Jane, Isaac and Frank, to gather firewood. The children became lost and were not located for 9 days and 8 nights after wandering for almost 80 kilometres through dense bush-land. During their ordeal without food they gathered water by sucking dew from leaves.

Jane tried to protect four year old Frank from the winter cold by huddling together at night and covering him with her dress. During the day Jane and Isaac took turns at carrying Frank when he was too tired to walk. After the children were found, Jane became a national heroine and the trio became known as the "Babes in the Wood", and a book and film were produced of their ordeal. A memorial to Jane and the children is was erected by locals in 1935, as close as possible to where they were found.



Address:Natimuk - Goroke Road, Jane Duff Highway Park, Mitre, 3409
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.73281
Long: 141.7229
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:12-August-1864
Actual Event End Date:21-August-1864


Actual Monument Dedication Date:February, 1935
Front Inscription

In memory of Jane Duff who, in August,1864, succoured her brothers Isaac & Frank for 9 days when lost in the bush near this spot.

Erected by school children & citizens of Victoria, March 1935.

Source: MA,VMR
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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