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Lost Children Cairn
Lost Children Cairn

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Graeme Saunders / Arthur Garland

Cairn erect in 1967 by the Daylesford Historical Society to mark the 100th anniversary of the three lost children in 1867.

Three children, William Graham (6 years 6 months) Thomas Graham (4 years) and Alfred Burman (5 years) wandered away on 30 June 1867 and were not found until 14 September 1867 at Musk Creek in the Wombat Forest. Three days after the disappearance at a public meeting over 100 horseman and approx 600 pedestrians commenced an organised search.

Aboriginal trackers and dogs were used but previous searches had destroyed any traces. Shops were closed for 7 days and large numbers of people searched before they were called off. A dog of a local resident found a boot with a child`s foot in it, and it appeared that the children had sheltered near a large tree and had died of exposure and lack of nourishment. Over 1000 people attended the funeral.

Location

Address:Midland Highway, Three Lost Children Memorial Park, Daylesford, 3460
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.341738
Long: 144.129658
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy
Actual Event STart Date:30-June-1867
Actual Event End Date:14-September-1867

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1967
Front Inscription

   From Near This Marker
  The Three Lost Children
Wandered On Sunday 30th June 1867
Their Bodies Were Found At
Musk Creek On 14th September 1867.
        Erected By
Daylesford Historical Society
           1967

Source: MA, RUMV, VMR
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