On 8 August 1928 the “Cairns Post” reported the district was “seething with excitement over [a] ghastly tragedy” which had taken place on the Atherton Tableland. Two days earlier, the mutilated remains of a young man had been found in the isolated Boonjie scrub, south-east of Malanda, in the shadow of Bartle Frere. His companion and work-mate had disappeared from the district and inevitably became the main suspect. While the “Post” assured readers that “the police will spare no effort in bringing the perpetrator to justice” their task was hardly helped by the fact that the body had lain undiscovered for nearly six weeks, giving the wanted man plenty of time to escape.
|Small camps like this on the edge of the forest around Malanda would have housed itinerant workers like Walter and Kelly, Garner Bequest, NQ Photographic Collection ID 16574|
|Malanda township and hotel, where Kelly and Walter did their shopping, drinking, socializing,Wilson|
Albums, NQ Photographic Collection ID 1701
|Timber clearing work was always available around Malanda, Eacham Historical Society Collection ca1936, NQ Photographic Collection ID 14355|
Story by Miniata