Lost in the Bush

Lost in the Bush LogoCelebrating the Lost in the Bush Legacy

In the winter of August 1864, three young children become lost after venturing into the Wimmera bush to collect broom for their mother. After nine days, the children were found alive by Aboriginal trackers and a large search party.

The story of the Duff Children Lost in the Bush featured in the Fourth Book of the Victorian Readers as published by the then Department of Education from 1930's through to the 1960's. The story still resonates strongly with that generation of school children who recall the story vividly from the school readers of the time. The Lost in the Bush Legacy has become very important part of the history of the West Wimmera Shire and a true story very dear to the hearts of many that live in Nurcoung as well as the wider West Wimmera and Wimmera community. Aboriginal trackers played a key role in finding the children and West Wimmera Shire Council acknowledges this event as an opportunity to pay respects to Aboriginal culture.

In 2014 the 150th Anniversary of the Duff Cooper family story, Lost in the Bush was commemorated with a series of nine days of public events beginning on the 12 August, the day the children went missing, culminating in Founders Day celebrations on 20 August 2014.

Celebrations continued in 2015 with a weekend of events being held including a reenactment of McCartney's ride, a bush poets picnic and winter market, the screening of the 1970's Department of Ededucation Lost in the Bush film as well as an acoustic and capmfire evening at the Jane Duff Memorial.

For further information please contact Amanda Munn | West Wimmera Shire Council | 5392 7700.

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