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Lost children in the bush

Join this Vicfix campaign to learn the fate of children who became lost in the Victorian bush

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About lost children in the bush

The loss of a child to starvation and exposure in the bush was a particularly Australian fear for parents living in country Victoria in the 19th century. The subject held a grim fascination in popular culture, exemplified by Frederick McCubbin's 1886 painting Lost, and communities often banded together to search for the missing youngsters.

Historic newspaper reports feature poignant details of the children's plight, including happy endings for those fortunate enough to be rescued and the tragic outcomes for those who never returned from their wanderings.

Contribute to this Vicfix campaign – it's easy!

  • Choose an article listed below and click through to correct it on Trove (see our How-to guide).
  • Add our tag 'vicfix-done' once the whole article is fixed.
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Lost children in the bush

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