Lost in the bush

The story of the Duff children - Isaac, Jane & Frank who were lost in the Nurcoung scrub for 9 days & 8 nights until found by searchers & Aboriginal trackers in 1864. The 150th anniversary of the event was 12-20 August 2014
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"the Wimmera 1864 #1" by Polixeni Papapetrou from the Haunted Country exhibition, commemorates the Duff children "Lost in the bush"

"the wimmera 1864 by Polixeni Papapetrou // Works // Haunted Country 2006

Jane Duff Memorial - In memory of Jane Duff who in August 1864, succored her brothers Isaac & Frank for 9 days when lost in the bush near this spot. Erected by School Children & citizens of Victoria, March 1935

Jane Duff Memorial - In memory of Jane Duff who in August succored her brothers Isaac & Frank for 9 days when lost in the bush near this spot. Erected by School Children & citizens of Victoria, March 1935

STEP BACK IN TIME: Ros Ryan and Robert Isaacson stand in front of the Jane Duff replica cottage at the Duffholme Museum, Mitre. The museum with will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 'Lost in the Bush' story. Pict: Paul Carracher.

STEP BACK IN TIME: Ros Ryan and Robert Isaacson stand in front of the Jane Duff replica cottage at the Duffholme Museum, Mitre. The museum with will celebrate the anniversary of the 'Lost in the Bush' story.

Ted Walsgott of Dimboola playing one of the leaders of the search party in the film, from The Sun newspaper, 10.2.1972.

Ted Walsgott of Dimboola playing one of the leaders of the search party in the film, from The Sun newspaper,

Duff slab hut film-set (2nd cameraman-Frank Sheeran and assistant director-Ross Mathews) from The Sun newspaper 10.2.1972.

Duff slab hut film-set cameraman-Frank Sheeran and assistant director-Ross Mathews) from The Sun newspaper

From the interior of the Duff replica hut

From the interior of the Duff replica hut

Replica of the Duff hut, at Duffholme Cabins

Replica of the Duff hut, at Duffholme Cabins

Cover of the booklet from the 'Lost in the Bush' film's premiere, with Richard McClelland (Frank), Gabrielle Bulle (Jane), and Colin Freckleton (Isaac), the original photograph was taken by 'The Sun' newspaper's Bill Tindale.

Cover of the booklet from the 'Lost in the Bush' film's premiere, with Richard McClelland (Frank), Gabrielle Bulle (Jane), and Colin Freckleton (Isaac), the original photograph was taken by 'The Sun' newspaper's Bill Tindale.

The Found Cairn - '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'.

The Found Cairn - 'To commemorate the finding here of Jane, Isaac, and Frank Duff in August This cairn was dedicated by the Apex Club of Goroke in April

The waterhole in the Nurcoung Bushland Reserve, where it is believed, the children were taken to be revived.

The waterhole in the Nurcoung Bushland Reserve, where it is believed, the children were taken to be revived.

The Lost in the Bush story as depicted by the students on the walls of the Art Block at the Dimboola Memorial High School.

The Lost in the Bush story as depicted by the students on the walls of the Art Block at the Dimboola Memorial High School.

Duffholme Siding in 1971 ((from "VR stations  stopping places"). Kowree Shire approached Victorian Railways to rename the Nurcoung siding on the Carpolac line, only a gate post and scattered railway iron remain, next to Duffholme Rd.

Duffholme Siding in 1971 ((from "VR stations stopping places"). Kowree Shire approached Victorian Railways to rename the Nurcoung siding on the Carpolac line, only a gate post and scattered railway iron remain, next to Duffholme Rd.

Broom bush (Babingtonia behrii), branches were cut and used by early pioneers as a broom. The children were sent to collect broom.

Broom bush (Babingtonia behrii), branches were cut and used by early pioneers as a broom. The children were sent to collect broom.

Lost in the bush / drawn by Nicholas Chevalier engraved by Samuel Calvert

Lost in the bush / drawn by Nicholas Chevalier engraved by Samuel Calvert

Article from The Argus newspaper 27th August 1864, anticipating the death of the Duff Children.

Article from The Argus newspaper August anticipating the death of the Duff Children.

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