An inquiry into the unsolved murders
The year 1918 saw thousands of Australians continuing to fight and die on the battlefields of
the Great War. With carnage and family grief the daily fare of the newspapers, it was the
finding of a body in Victoria's high country that stole headlines.
At Wonnangatta Station, a place still alive in the psyche of the mountain cattlemen, the
manager had been murdered. The police manhunt, despite many theories, singled out a
suspect but nine months later that man was found dead on Mt Howitt.
To this day the
mystery has captured the imagination of many and has become folklore. Various people
claim to know the truth of the story and theories abound, but all are contradictory.
The facts themselves have become obscured by time and memory.
Authors, Keith Leydon
and Michael Ray, have studied the killings and the subsequent investigation, seeking
clarity through the fog of history. Sourcing many unpublished documents and photographs,
names in dusty files and archives have been given new life.
For many readers, the mystery
may still remain but this story of the Wonnangatta killings will take its place in history. (Rear cover text).