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Murderer's Hill

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Bridgewater-Dunolly Road, Dunolly VIC 3472

When driving away from Dunolly, Murderer's Hill will be on the right hand side of the road. There is lots of gravel space for parking on both sides of the road.

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Murderer's Hill is near the site of a double murder between Dunolly and Jones's Creek in 1857. Robert Dunlop and Hugh McLean were discovered dead on Sunday, 29th November. The bodies appeared to have been there for several weeks.

The Dunolly Museum website has a fantastic page about the murder of Robert Dunlop and Hugh McLean.

There is also a great write up about the murders over at Also of great interest are these newspaper articles and court records from 1857-89.

This hill near where this murder took place was named Murderer's Hill and the name has endured to this day. There's a sign indicating the site of the hill beside the Bridgewater-Dunolly Road. 

Murderer's Hill is not far from the Waanyarra Historic Township, the Waanyarra Recreation Site, a great spot for camping and picnicking, as well as the fascinating Waanyarra Historic Cemetery and an remarkably intact 1850's building, Morton's Welcome Inn.

The hand painted sign pictured on this page has been replaced with a smaller wooden sign and no longer stands out as much as it used to, so keep a close eye out if looking for the location alongside the road. 

 Pictures of the original sign will remain on this page along with the updated one, as the previous large, handmade sign had a lot of character.



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