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Plaque erected by the Goroke Apex club marks the spot where the three Duff children were found.

The most famous case of children lost in the bush is that of the Duff children, who went missing in the Wimmera region of Victoria in 1864. Isaac (aged nine), Jane (aged seven), and Frank (aged almost four) spent nine days lost in the bush before being rescued by indigenous trackers.

More than 30 local people began a search, following tracks for days before a thunderstorm obliterated them. When Aboriginal trackers were brought they quickly rediscovered tracks and found the children, emaciated and weak, but alive. All survived their ordeal. It was calculated that they had walked over 60 miles, with the older two jointly caring for Frank, carrying him, and placing him between them at night. On particularly cold nights Jane used her dress to cover Frank.

Location

Address:Private property 2km from Nurcoung Hall , Nurcoung, 3401
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.732222
Long: 141.723889
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy
Approx. Event Start Date:August-1864
Approx. Event End Date:August-1864

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:April-1973
Front Inscription

To commemorate the finding here of Jane, Isaac and Frank Duff in August 1864. This cairn was dedicated by the APEX Club of Goroke in April 1973

Source: VMR
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