GRAVE OF KITTY CANE

Location

WALHALLA-WOODS POINT ROAD THOMSON, BAW BAW SHIRE

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Heritage Inventory (HI) Number

H8122-0102

 

Heritage Inventory Description

The grave is situated about 15 metres from the west side of the Walhalla Road, on top of a steep embankment. It is on a cleared area with a stand of large gums. The grave measures approximately 2.4 metres long by 0.9 metres wide, and is marked with a white, wooden, Latin cross 0.85 metres high. The mound is edged by white quartz rocks and covered with scattered white quartz. Metal pins protrude at three corners of the grave. The grave is regularly supplied with flowers, by the public

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The grave is situated amongst large gum trees and medium-height undergrowth, in close proximity to the main Walhalla Road. It is on a slight incline, overlooking the Thomson Valley Catchment Area. The grave is clearly signposted, and can be seen from the road.

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Physical Conditions: Good. The grave is well-maintained by interested members of the general public, and the cross has recently been replaced.

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History

Folklore has it that this is the grave of Kitty Cane, but evidence suggests that it may be the grave of Catherine Lowe. Similar circumstances in the death of Lowe of protracted dysentery on 10 April 1863 may also suggest they were the same person. The story of Kitty Cane is a long-standing legend of the mountain goldfields. Supposedly a dance-hall girl weighing in at some 22-stone, Kitty was packed into the area by Louie the Frenchman at 9d per pound, and set up a wayside tavern on the road to Aberfeldy. This venture was short-lived, because Kitty died of an unknown ailment. Several inebriated men attempted to carry her to Aberfeldy, but gave up and buried her by the roadside.
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