Picture Challenge #8

The Outback provides many a gem for the inquisitive traveller. Indeed, one of the secrets of interesting travel in the Outback is to stop and explore the unusual, and sometimes you will be rewarded with a fascinating discovery. Nobody will overlook Uluru or Lake Eyre if they’re in the vicinity, but there’s more to the Outback than those iconic features. As Yogi Berra once said, “You can see a lot by just looking.”

That was the case some years ago when we stopped to look at a lonely roadside grave. This is what we found:




















I would like to have met Eliza, and heard her story. My mother used to say, “To know all is to forgive all.”

Who can tell us where this grave is located, and something about Eliza?


About dazzlerplus

Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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2 Responses to Picture Challenge #8

  1. Anne says:

    The grave is on the Silver City Hwy next to Cobham Lake where Eliza drowned. Cobham Lake is west of Bourke, North of Broken Hill and South East of Cameron’s Corner. Eliza was a barmaid and supposed to be a prostitute who died trying to rescue a child from the lake. Hard to imagine there was enough water in the Lake to drown in!

    • dazzlerplus says:

      Anne, you’re right again!

      Lake Cobham is on the western side of the Silver City Hwy, about 20 kms or so north of the junction with the road from White Cliffs. There is a sign beside the road saying “Historic Grave” or something similar. The lake is not even shown on some maps, so as you say, Anne, it probably wasn’t very deep even at the best of times, but people in the Outback don’t always get a lot of opportunities to practice their swimming.

      There are a couple of versions of the events that lead to her death, but attempting to rescue a child is certainly one of them. I wonder whether the child survived.

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