Murder at Moggs Ck?

Ingleby, via Winchelsea. Armytage homestead
Ingleby homestead and Winchelsea in relation to Moggs Creek

Angahook homestead, Aireys Inlet.

In March 1877, the stringer of the Geelong Advertiser filed this story. This narrative contains many darkly mysterious elements:


In March 1877 the weather in Geelong was mild. The likelihood of death by sunstroke was remote. 

No known process can explain how a body may be “almost buried in sand” unless by human hands.

There is no record of an inquest being held into McLaren’s death. The absence of a coroner’s report in circumstances described is highly unusual. 

McLaren’s estate forfeited claims to the Moggs Creek property. 


Edmund Hayes represented the interests of the established order in this election. 


Hayes had considerable money and political muscle behind him. 





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