'Duff children lost for 9 days in bush'

The Duff children, who were lost in the bush and found by Indigenous trackers. Although published in the 1940s, the original image probably dates form the 1860s and has been retouched. The Duff family lived near the town of Natimuk. The children, Jane (aged 7), Isaac (9) and Frank (4) were lost in the bush for nine days in 1864. When they were located only Frank was conscious, but they all recovered. King Richard, an Aboriginal tracker from the Vectis station, found them.


The Argus, circa 1940, photograph.


Accession number: H2002.199/1398


From the Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria.


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Aboriginal trackers
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