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Mystery Bay Memorial

Item details

Name of item: Mystery Bay Memorial
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Monuments and Memorials
Category: Memorials
Primary address: Lamont Young Drive, Mystery Bay, NSW 2546
Local govt. area: Eurobodalla
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Lamont Young DriveMystery BayEurobodalla  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The memorial has regional historic significance for its role in commemorating the unique and mysterious disappearance of five men over 100 years ago and providing evidence of the site at which their boat and some personal items were found. The memorial ensures that this baffling sea mystery is remembered in the South Coast region.
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Construction years: 1980-
Physical description: Sandstone boulder with metal plaque. Concrete stand.
Further information: Stands in a public park and children's playground.


Historical notes: On 10 October 1880 near Bermagui, five men vanished forever in what became one of Australia's most baffling sea mysteries. Within a few hours of their reported disappearance an intensive search commenced and continued for many months. No trace of them, or clues to the mystery of their disappearance, were ever found. Gold had been discovered at a place called Montreal, near Bermagui, and the Mines Department sent Lamont Young, one of its geologists, to inspect and report on the find. He was accompanied by a German friend, Louis Schneider, a botanist. After arriving at Batemans Bay by steamer, they secured a boat and crew of three to row them to the gold fields. However, Young apparently changed his plans for after 4 pm on the Saturday he was not seen again. At about 7 am on the Sunday morning his rowing boat, a green eight-metre boat, was seen by several residents leaving Bermagui and others noticed it as it moved slowly north along the coast. At about 4 pm that afternoon a man riding along the coast found the boat on the rocks at Mutton Fish Point, about fifteen kilometres north of Montreal, but there was no trace of any of the men who had left that morning. Police who hurried to the scene and examined the boat noted that it had been carefully steered through about 70 metres of jagged rocks. There were four large holes in the hull but the planking had been stove out, not in. On the seats were bait, a pocket knife, pipe and tobacco, crumbs and other food. There was a bag of potatoes and a bag of mixed personal articles like clothing, bedding, tools and sundries. The anchor and stern lines were missing but some large stones had been placed in the boat. Scattered on the beach nearby were a pipe, sheath knife, an axe and shovel. Other items which may have had a link with the mystery were three mother of pearl studs, portion of a meal and three cigar butts. Young, Schneider and the three boatmen were not at Bermagui and were never heard of again. This memorial was unveiled on 10 October 1980 by the Minister for Mineral Resources, R J Mulock. Perhaps the unsolved answer still lies near Mystery Bay. Perhaps one day someone will stumble across the remains which may provide the answer to what happened at Mystery Bay one hundred years ago.

Assessment of significance

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[Historical significance]
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanEurobodalla Local Environmental Plan 2012I18020 Jul 12 No.783419
Local Environmental PlanEurobodalla Urban Local Environmental Plan 1999 10 May 02 No.852820
Heritage study MYST/R00101 Jan 97   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Eurobodalla Heritage Study1997MYST/R001The EJE GroupEJE No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1977"Sea Adventures and Wrecks on the NSW South Coast", Jack Loney

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1550167

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