Mansfield area history mystery book -

The Wonnangatta Mystery
- an inquiry into the unsolved murders -
written by Keith Leydon and Michael Ray.

An unsolved murder mystery in the remote Wonnangatta Valley in the High Country of Victoria, at the time of the First World War.

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Soft bound, laminated cover, 135 pages
$24.95 plus postage

To purchase: Contact Keith Leydon
Address: PO Box 434, Mansfield Vic 3724
(03) 5775 2839
Mobile: 0418 138 107


Wonnangatta is in a remote, isolated valley in the High Country of Victoria. The mystery of Wonnangatta Station, which dates back to 1918, has gone down in the annals of Australian history and folklore and is linked to Mansfield.

To this day it defies a resolution: those who claim to know the truth refuse to break their silence.

Several books have been written about the Wonnangatta mystery, each with a conclusion yet to be proven.
This book gives you something to really think about and through the photos and story, gives an insight into another part of the High Country’s early days.

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The story
The year 1918 saw thousands of Australians continuing to fight and die on the battlefields of the Great War. With carnage and family grief the daily fare of the newspapers, it was the finding of a body in Victoria's High Country that stole the headlines.

At Wonnangatta Station, a place still alive in the psyche of the mountain cattlemen, the manager, Jim Barclay, had been murdered. The police manhunt, despite many theories, singled out a suspect but nine months later that man, John Bamford, was found dead on Mt Howitt.

Various people claim to know the truth of the story and theories abound, but all are contradictory. The facts themselves have become obscured by time and memory.

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The authors
Authors, Keith Leydon and Michael Ray, have studied the killings and the subsequent investigation, seeking clarity through the fog of history. Sourcing many unpublished documents and photographs, names in dusty files and archives have been given new life.
For many readers, the mystery may still remain but this story of the Wonnangatta killings will take its place in history.

See Keith Leydon's other interest.


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