SOLVED: Mystery of baby buried in unmarked grave
WITH nothing more than a rumour and a last name, Trish Mason has solved a century-old mystery - discovering the identity of a baby buried on her Anduramba property in 1913.
When Ms Mason and her partner Glenn Richards moved to the property in March 2019, the real estate agent informed them the site used to be home to the St Hilda's Anglican Church before it was moved to McLagan, and there was the grave of a little girl on the site marked with a rose bush.
Ms Mason was told the baby's last name was Richter, and it was rumoured she had died from diphtheria.
"My partner and I wanted to mark her grave but to do that we need to find out who she was," Ms Mason said.
"With a surname, I came across a website called They Came and They Stayed which has the names of the settlers in the area.
"There were 1001 Richters in the area."
After months of digging through records, Ms Mason contacted the Anglican Church in Brisbane and got in contact with their archivist.
"He started digging through the archives as well and he come up with a little article in the newspaper the church put out back then, it was printed July 1, 1913," Ms Mason said.
"It said condolences to George and Caroline Richter on the death of their little one."
That small piece of information led Ms Mason to find the birth and death records of Dorothy May Richter, born April 15, 1913, and passing away on June 3, 1913.
"Her death record said her cause of death was supposed whooping cough," Ms Mason said. "The next step is to put a plaque on the grave and acknowledge her very short life."