In 1874 a young woman, her illegitimate daughter, and the man who was paid to
marry her, leave Mount Gambier in South Australia to take up a selection in Lubeck, near Murtoa.
Two days later they are camped on the Maryvale Estate near Edenhope and that is the last that the family are seen until the remains of the young woman and her daughter are discovered ten years later on the property.
Where is the husband? Did he murder them and if so why? And was there really a ghost protecting the site where the bodies were buried?
This is a true story with remarkable twists and turns, and was one of the greatest
murder mysteries in Australian history. This is a book that has been thoroughly
researched, and is more than just a murder story. It is a chronicle of the struggle and hardships that our early settlers had to endure, particularly the Langley Family with their seventeen children.
The 19th Century was a time when the new colony of Australia was trying to forge an identity, and it was settlers like Charles Langley and his family who worked tirelessly to bring this about. The True Story of the Maryvale Murders is a book that you will not wish to miss!
Copies of the book are available through the Edenhope Historical Society for $20 each. (see contact page) Also available at Red Rock Books in Horsham or write to the author John Ellen , 10 Macintosh Avenue, Rupanyup, 3388 – enclose a cheque made payable to John Ellen for $22 (includes postage)