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A memorial to Ellen Randell killed in 1895 - You will see a Cairn of rocks and the cache is nearby, a short walk from the track will get you there PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB THE CAIRN. The cache is in a semista canister near the cairn
A mosquito repellant in the warmer months is needed and LOOK for Snakes
If it is wet use a 4WD otherwise a normal car will access this area
On Wednesday 14th August 1895 Ellen Randell was murdered here by her fiancé, Robert Bowring. Ellen was only 20 years old while Bowring was 26. Both were from well-respected families at Timor and were planning to have been married in October. Bowring followed the occupation of a miner, and seems to have been doing fairly well; but does not seem to have taken the best care of his earnings. On the previous Saturday he gambled and lost his savings while at the Caulfield races, this preyed heavily on his mind. He apparently was afraid to tell his fiancé that he was not in a position to fulfil his financial promises made to her in case she would give him up. Deciding to take his own life, he wrote suicide notes to both his parents and his intended bride. Unaware of this, Ellen then joined him on a trip to Maryborough where he settled some accounts. Bowring had secluded a double-barrelled shotgun in the buggy. Coming home along the Dunolly Road, they turned into the bush and stopped here but what took place between them can only be surmised. After picking some wattle blossoms, Ellen returned to the buggy where she was shot at close range in the head. She fell with the wattle still clasped in her hand. Bowring then straightened her body and placed his coat over her but leaving in haste turned the horse sharply and ran the cartwheels over her.
Bowring then travelled a mile and a half further down the track to near the Nuggetty Gully Reservoir where the full consciousness of the awful deed must have come upon him. He wrote a further note in large shaky letters describing where Ellen's body could be found. He had written that Ellen was "too good for any man on earth to have". Then he shot himself dead in the mouth. A father and son nearby heard the shot and upon investigating found Bowring's body, the note and followed the tracks to where Ellen's body lay.
Ellen's funeral a few days later was somewhat unique in that she had six female pallbearers who were all dressed in white. At first she was buried at Carisbrook to be away from her murderer but later reinterred in the Timor Cemetery.
Stones were placed over the pool of blood were Ellen Randell had died so as not to distress the many friends and relatives that visited the site. This impromptu stone memorial still remains 70 metres south of here.
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Last Updated: on 1/22/2018 8:28:55 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (4:28 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum