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A short walk around a very touching memorial - especially for parents of small children
THE THREE LOST CHILDREN.
In 1888 the Daylesford Primary school became involved in a tradition which has continued to today. The Graham Family established a fund from which the school awards their annual Graham Dux prizes.
The Family set up the fund in recognition for the effort the townspeople made in searching for the three lost Children in 1867. Two of the boys were members of the Graham family.
The boys William Graham,, Thomas Graham and Alfred Burman became lost on the edge of Daylesford on Sunday June 30th. A cairn and park marks the site.
The boys were sighted at 2.00pm that afternoon but disappeared into the forest. A second sighting was made at Specimen Hill but again they chose to ignore advice to return to Daylesford. The boys fathers commenced searching the same afternoon, giving up at 1.00am. Heavy rain fell during the search and a severe frost was recorded next morning.
The following day a reward of 100 pounds was offered, the Government added 200 pounds and the towns people 73 pounds. A huge search continued for eight days without result. Smaller groups searched a further 17 days.
Despite considerable effort on the part of the townsfolk of Daylesford the search was in vain. Aboriginal trackers were sent for but arrived too late.
On Friday September 13th, Mr Michael McKay of Musk found his dog had returned home with a small child's boot with a foot intact. The dog later returned with a skull.
A search was mounted the next day and the boys remains were found in a large hollow tree. A cairn marks the site when they were found at Musk and in our Bicentennial year a walking track following the route the boys took, commenced construction.
The cache involves finding information from 2 memorial markers and then locating GZ via a simply formula
Waypoint 1 - Little Boys Lost
This marker at the posted co-ords tell of the groundwork in this area to commemorate the lost boys story. You will be standing in front of a plaque.
Please note the ages of William = A; Alfred = B and Thomas = C.
Waypoint 2 - Found
Proceed to S 37 20.503; E144 07.794 to find the old marker.
Please take note of the Month = EF and the last two digits of the year = GH
GZ - Sit and Ponder
To locate GZ simply use the following formula
Sit and ponder how the poor parents would have felt.
I have wanted to hide a cache here for ages, but only decided that today was the day. Seize the day and all that. Seeing this memorial helped me to realise that life is too short to hesitate.
(No hints available.)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum