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1917-1918: THE WONNANGATTA MURDERS - East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Discussion in 'Historical Cold Cases - Pre 1950' started by Blue G 3, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. Blue G 3

    Blue G 3 Well-Known Member

    The Wonnangatta murders occurred in late 1917 and in 1918, in the remote Wonnangatta Valley in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. The victims were Jim Barclay, the manager of Wonnangatta Station,[1] and John Bamford, a cook and general hand. Barclay was a well-respected and much liked bushman, while Bamford was regarded with suspicion, and was known to be easily roused into violent tempers. The case has never been solved.
    Barclay and Bamford were last seen alive in late December 1917. They had been to Talbotville to cast their votes in the so-called Reinforcement Referendum, the second of the two plebiscites held in Australia during the First World War to decide whether to introduce military conscription. It is not known how they voted, only that they agreed on the vote. They stayed the night with Albert Stout in Talbotville, before leaving for Wonnangatta at about 10 o'clock on the morning of 21 December.
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  2. Blue G 3

    Blue G 3 Well-Known Member

    I do not think I have met any two people who can fully agree on the reason for the murders, who committed the murders, or the real date of the murders, perhaps with the exemption of Keith Leydon and Michael Ray who co-authored the book “The Wonnangatta Mystery”. Over the years in verbal discussions much has been distorted by speculation, so I have tried herein to set out the known facts and in a chronological order.
    Barclay’s murder was cold blooded, and to murder Bamford as well at a completely separate location, it would have to be planned.
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