The Wonnangatta Mystery
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 Sourcing many unpublished documents and photographs, names in dusty files and archives have been given new life.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).