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Retrace the Bermagui Mystery

Narooma and Bermagui Historical Societies and the Montreal Goldfield Management Committee will again revisit the greatest unsolved mystery of the south coast on Sunday 15 September.

Everyone is welcome.

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 what is now known as Mystery Bay. Their disappearance became known as ‘the Bermagui Mystery’.

Meet at Bermagui Headland (between Horseshoe Bay and the entrance to Bermagui River) on Sunday 15 September just before 10 ready for a prompt 10am start. At each stop various people will outline evidence and observations of the time.

A car is essential (pooling can be arranged) as we will make several stops before ending up at Mystery Bay for a late lunch. Please bring your own lunch and we suggest a portable chair/stool.

Laurelle Pacey of Narooma Historical Society, Judi Hearn of Montreal Goldfields, and Dave Cotton from Bermagui Society have all done lots of research on the subject. It is a fascinating story even almost 140 years after the event and we always find out something different.

Please ring Laurelle (4476 1582), Judi (0429 068 355) or Dave (6493 5014) for more information.

We will be joined by descendants of some of the families involved.

We hope to see you on the 15th.


Above: The wrecked boat was left to rot on the beach near where it was found. Australian Town & Country Journal, 21 April 1883.

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