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Three Lost Children of Daylesford

March 27, 2017

The Three Lost Children of Daylesford has been mentioned many times on this blog.

June 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the disappearance of these children and there is to be a play in the Daylesford Town Hall, telling the story. Click here for details of the play called  “Hollow” 

I am in constant contact with researchers from the area, who are very keen to hear from any descendants of these children, to enable them to build on the story and the history of the area, for other commemorative activities planned.

Following is a post from one of my contacts requesting help from readers of this blog:

“We are looking for first hand accounts through diaries, letters, photos or word of mouth recollections handed down through the generations of the participation or observation of the events of 1867 when three small boys went missing.

The formation of search parties, the meetings held at the Raglan Flats hotel and dance hall (Jamison’s Hotel), the affects the proceedings had on the town. And later the news of the discovery, the Inquest, and the grand funeral through the streets of Daylesford.

Even the smallest snippet of information would be appreciated, of the actual events, and the eleven weeks the boys were missing, and beyond.

We are also trying to get an overview of life lived in the year 1867, so any experience and social history recorded in that year,  in the district, would be greatly appreciated- weather reports, social events, squabbles and disputes, newcomers moving to the district, comings and goings that may, or may not have been reported in the newspapers of the time.

Life as it was lived. Individuals’ stories help round out a history that needs to be told.

We are trying to get this generation of children interested in our local history in the way they used to learn – from their parents, grandparents and even great grandparents, when there used to be time to sit down and listen”.


If you have any information that you feel could be useful, please contact Yvonne through Yolande Freed’s email address:


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