The Three Lost Children Walk & Monument

The Three Lost Children Walk & Monument

The Three Lost Children Walk & Monument
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Victoria, Australia65,038 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
There is a sign to indicate where to turn, but it's easy to drive past the actual monument. If there was a bigger sign once or anything else to indicate the site, it is long gone. So look for something a little different once you turn off the road. Coming from Daylesford direction going towards Trentham, it is on your left.

So let's turn time back... It was Sunday morning, 30 June 1867, when these young children from Connells Gully, Daylesford, wandered in the direction of Wombat Creek past familiar shallow gold diggings to look for wild goats.

Three children, William Graham, aged 6 1/2, his brother Thomas, 4 years 3 months, and Alfred Burman, 5, responded to the call of adventure. They crossed Wombat Creek and headed towards Muskvale.

At lunchtime when they failed to return home, their fathers began to search, concentrating their efforts near the junctions of the Wombat, Stony and Sailors Creeks. That evening the police were notified, and the search went well into the night. The children had talked to people along the way, even stopping to ask for directions, but they did not turn back even though they were advised they were going the wrong way.

After 25 days of extensive searching by the community, on Friday 13 September a dog returned home to Wheelers Hill, some 10km from Daylesford, carrying in its mouth a small boot with a child's foot in it. The following day a number of Wheelers Hill residents combed the area and found the bodies of the youngest boys in the hollow of a tree. The remains and clothing of the older boy were nearby.

A large funeral was held and this monument is here to remind us of the tragedy that occurred over 150 years ago.

Another interesting item at this monument is the message tree...it is from the 1800s and became the place to leave messages. It's a sad story... but the location of this is in a serene and pretty place... you can sit for a moment at the bench and think about what occurred here so many years ago.
Written 23 January 2022
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Mark G
Melbourne, Australia1,816 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Sad memorial to 3 children from Daylesford who disappeared in the 1800s. Their bones were discovered in the tree here. Off the beaten track on a road that goes in a loop.
Written 7 January 2022
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westy54
Sydney, Australia9,076 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
In 1867 three small boys went missing in the bush and unfortunately were not found for nearly three months by which time they had all died. Their bodies were found in a hollow tree that stood until 1950, approximately 120 metres away from where the stone cairn monument dedicated to their memory is located.

The monument is located along Wheelers Hill Road, set back just off the side of the road so it is easy to miss. It is a little distance away from the Three Lost Children’s Walk.

Apart from the cairn there is a plaque telling the story of the children’s misadventure and a number of other moving tributes including a message tree, toys and other tokens.

A poignant reminder of how tough and dangerous growing up in the bush was back then.
Written 5 May 2020
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Oz2Australia
Australia167 contributions
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Jan 2020
We visited this monument today and we were so glad that we did! It is so lovely to see a community tribute from the long past still being acknowledged. Those three little adventurers deserve the tribute. And the tribute that Yvonne Fix established with hand planted bushes is so touching. Congratulations to the community for putting it there for us to stop by and contemplate. Don't miss it if you are int he area.
Written 15 January 2020
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Mr No
Australia5,938 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Couples
This is a touching memorial to a sad moment for Daylesford in the 1800s. Take time to read the story and take in the various notes and items left as a mark.of respect. It's easy to miss, after turning off the main road, as there are no signs at the actual memorial site as it's stepped back a little from the road. A visit to the cemetery, to see the young boy's grave is also recommended. At the entrance to the cemetery, there's a map indicating the location of their grave.
Written 30 December 2019
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angelasadventure
Hamilton, New Zealand23 contributions
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Sept 2019
Daylesford had a very sad story to share about 3 young children who went missing as they went out on a walkabout in the mid 1800s. This walk is dedicated to their journey that they made before they were sadly found a couple of months later dead. The information centre has more information and you can visit the monument they have erected in memory of these 3 brave little boys.
Written 13 September 2019
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Yolande F
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Couples
2019 is the mirror year of 1867-same dates same days and this year's weather is reflecting the time when three boys went missing in Wombat Forest and for 16 days the people searched in much the same weather. In vain. For an experience one might try walking the track while contemplating how it was possible. Though it isn't recommended. Rather than you also get lost, or suffer worse, drive to the Table Hill monument at the end of Central Springs Rd, then follow the Daylesford-Trentham Rd towards Trentham, to the sign Lost Children's Monument 3km, to get to the Musk monument and the Cairn. Note the distance and the weather. The Musk monument is for reflection and renewal and some have left tokens for the Children. Spring too is for renewal as they were found in the hollow tree 120 m directly behind the Cairn. This is a sensory experience in winter only for the hardy. It is a connection with the ancestors and the pioneer immigrants who knew nothing about the fickle Australian bush or the weather that can change so quickly but went out to find the boys anyway.
Check out the story on YouTube- Lost Children Of Daylesford -three videos
Written 28 June 2019
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Lynne M
Melbourne, Australia205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
The memorial is well kept on the side of a narrow road at Musk, near Daylesford. Many messages have been left by visitors to the site. A lovely place to site and contemplate. A plaque has been erected to tell the story of the Three Lost Children. The trek they took must have been quite an ordeal for them at such a young age.
Written 16 January 2019
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bxbats86
Sydney, Australia259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
We stumbled across this Monument while exploring Daylesford and am really glad we stopped. An incredibly moving story of children who wandered off. The message tree was really interesting to read. And the memorial area with the toys was very moving. Blink and you'll miss it! Worth the ten minutes.
Written 4 October 2018
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Bit-meddler
81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Although there is a walk associated with this theme, we cheated and wentto the major points only. We started at the park in town and read the account there, then went to the cemetery to find the graves (back right) and then the monument. The latter had many little notes pinned to trees with plaques and the like. If you like following a trail and reading about sad events in history, then this is one you should do.
Written 6 August 2018
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