Retrace the Bermagui Mystery


Bermagui and Narooma Historical Societies with Montreal Goldfield Management Committee will revisit the greatest unsolved mystery of the south coast on Sunday 17 September.

Everyone is welcome to join them.

Five men disappeared in October 1880 including Government Geological Surveyor Lamont Young who had just arrived in Bermagui to survey the new Montreal goldfields.

Their bodies were never found, only their boat near the area now known as Mystery Bay.

Their disappearance became known as ‘the Bermagui Mystery’.

There will be four stops including Bermagui and Mystery Bay with 20-30 minutes at each, and a recommended optional extra stop after lunch for those interested.

A car is essential; car pooling is advisable.

Meet at Bermagui Headland (between Horseshoe Bay and the entrance to Bermagui River) on Sunday just before 10 ready for a prompt 10am start.

At each stop various people will outline evidence and observations of the time. We will also be joined by descendants of some of the missing men.

Please bring your own lunch and maybe a chair for lunchtime.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Above: The wrecked boat was left to rot on the beach near where it was found. Illustrated Sydney News, 20 November 1880.

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