So what did happen to all the wreckage from the Walter Hood that was taken from the beach by local scavengers?
By the 1920s, the original Walter Hood graves had gone through several bushfires, severely damaging the inscribed slabs, and the high tide mark was gradually encroaching on the site. A group of men led by James Murray of Conjola decided it was time to move the burials to a safer site with a new memorial cairn covering the graves.
At the dedication of the Walter Hood memorial cairn near Wreck Bay in 1927, which took place 57 years after the wreck, an extraordinary thing happened. Robert E.F.Williams, one of the last survivors of the wreck, made a startling and disturbing allegation.
In compiling this historical account of the wrecking of the Walter Hood on 26 April 1870 to commemorate its 150th anniversary, I have referred to as much primary source material as possible.
On 20 January 1883, the popular broadsheet publication ‘Australian Town and Country Journal‘ published a unique insight into the district of Milton-Ulladulla. Called ‘Southern Pencillings‘ and attributed to ‘The Raven’, it included several line drawings featuring Pigeon House mountain, Lake Conjola, Airlie House and Ulladulla Harbour.