The Picnic at Hanging Rock

The Picnic at Hanging Rock or Mystery of Hanging Rock happens in a melancholy Australian landscape, rich in ancient symbols, in 1900 was the scene of the mysterious disappearance of a group of schoolgirls who participated in a rustic snack. Valentine’s Day 1900 dawned sunny and beautiful in the village of Woodend, near Melbourne (Australia). It was the day of the annual trip at school for young ladies Appleyard, site on the outskirts of the village, since early morning a group of students and teachers of the school came out with the intention to make a lunch camp. At the end of day four people were missing, three of them do not return to be seen anymore.

This strange story has become a famous episode, as mysterious as the case of the abandoned ship, the Mary Celeste. It has become the subject of countless theories, many magazine articles, at least two books and a film, Picnic at Hanging Rock. But like other historical mysteries, what happened at Hanging Rock is not all it seems. History tells us that the group of girls and female teachers departed in a rented car to go to Hanging Rock to hold its annual luncheon countryside. Instead of a typical jaunt to the people who used to attend the beginning of the century was an unusual geological formation called Hanging Rock. This formation of volcanic origin and several million years old rises majestically 150 meters above the plain where he is summoned, and culminates with the mixture of stones and monoliths in balance that gave its name (Hanging Rock means, in English, ‘rock that swings “). Very near the base of the rock had a good place to eat and rest, consisting of a few makeshift tables of stone and a proper and discreet service toilets. The school group was composed of 19 girls, mostly teenagers and two teachers; mademoiselle Diane de Poitiers, the younger of the two, he taught French and dance, and Greta McCraw, a Scottish middle-aged spinster, was professor of mathematics . The other adult of the group was Ben Hussey, driver of the car hired by the school. Mistress Appleyard, the director, was not part of the expedition.

The group that departed early Saturday morning to cover the seven miles leading up to the place of lunch, and arrived shortly before noon. The day was warm and sunny, and after eating most of the girls doze peacefully in the shade of trees and rocks. Something beyond, across a small creek flowing from the wall of rock, there was another small group. Was composed by Colonel Fitzhubert (veteran of the Army of India, now retired to milder climates), Mistress Fitzhubert, his nephew, the Honorable Michael Fitzhubert (and visiting from England) and the lackey Albert Crundall. By three o’clock in the afternoon, three of the older girls asked for permission from the French teacher to explore the rock. The three young Irma Leopold, Marion Quade and a girl to be recalled simply as Miranda-seventeen years and had all highlighted as being sensible and responsible. After a brief commentary among adults (during which it was noted that the clocks of Ben Hussey and miss McCraw had been stopped at noon), it was agreed to let go. Subsequently also gave permission to Edith Horton, a girl younger than fourteen years, to accompany them. Be warned the four that do not rise too by a rock, seeking to avoid the cliffs, caves and cliffs, and that took care with snakes, spiders and other dangerous bugs. The girls left the picnic area, crossed the creek and lost sight around 3:30 in the afternoon. Michael Fitzhubert and Albert Crundall, who sat next to the creek, saw them move; Irma was going ahead, followed by Marion, Miranda and Edith. Albert sprang a whistle compliment, and Mike was lifted with the intention to follow them, but desisted after walking only a few yards away, where they disappeared behind some trees. In place of the snack all sleeping. At about 4:30, Hussey and wanted to bring together all staff. He, Poitiers mademoiselle and realized it was missing also miss McCraw, no one had seen the march, but it was believed that he had followed the girls Scouts. The group Fitzhubert just collect their things and had left. Angry at first and then increasingly dismayed, and Hussey, Poitiers mademoiselle sought to absent. Hussey held the girls to search for couples, giving voice to each moment. A trail of ferns and shrubs parties had twisted the east to the south side of the rock, but beyond that, where he started on rocky ground properly, the traces were disappearing. The alarmed picnickers searched for nearly an hour to 5:30, Edith Horton came out of the bushes half stunned the southwest side of the rock. Screamed hysterically and could not count on that interrogators nothing had happened. There was no sign of Miranda, Irma, Marion and Miss McCraw. Upon arriving the night, the two adults decided to bring the girls back to school and stayed. On the way back, stopped at the Woodend, where Hussey reported what happened to the agent Bumpher. The next day, Sunday, started an active search for the missing women. It was thought that girls and their teacher were simply lost in the woods, and police enlisted a number of volunteers, among them were Mike and Fitzhubert Albert Crundall, to look into the rock. This was not an easy task, since Hanging Rock is a treacherous area, full of caves and chasms (traditionally believed that they had no view) covered with thick bushes. After a day of searching, nothing was found. Meanwhile, the doctor Woodend, Dr. McKenzie, looked at Edith Horton. He appeared to suffer a mild shock and had numerous cuts, scratches and bruises because of their race between the bushes, but no serious injuries. He could not remember anything of what lived on the rock. However, the following week, on Wednesday, was questioned by the Bumpher agent, who revealed that when he returned unusually had happened near miss McCraw, which was heading towards the rock. Saw her at a distance, and the teacher had not paid attention to the cries of Edith. In addition, Edith embarrassed confessed that the maid, usually as demure, so wearing indecent: did not wear skirts above, only her panties. The search continued for several days while police routinely interrogated all the witnesses. The young Michael Fitzhubert seemed to be the most suspect in the case had been made a lewd act, because he had been the last person who had seen the girls and admitted that he had begun to follow them. However, there was no other indication that he had been responsible for the disappearance of the girls and, possibly due to pressure from influential Fitzhubert, police abandoned this part of the investigation. On Thursday, after the excursion, the police resorted to an Aboriginal tracker and a beagle. Having clothes smelled miss McCraw, the sniffer dog followed a track that stood by the rock, then stopped, with the hair-raising and gruñendo for nearly 10 minutes, in a circular platform halfway from the top, but not found no tangible clue. Convinced that no one could have survived for so long in the thicket of bushes, the police decided to abandon the investigation. The next day, Friday, Mike Fitzhubert and Albert Crundall decided to investigate on their own. At the end of the day, without having found anything, Mike decided to spend the night in the rock. Albert returned to the residence of Colonel Fitzhubert excuse for Mike. The next morning, when he returned to the rock, followed the trail of Mike and found him unconscious, with heat stroke and a badly twisted ankle. Mike was brought home and visited by Dr. McKenzie; that night Albert found in a pocket of Mike a note written in haste and that, despite its incoherence, reflected that Mike had found something in the rock. On Sunday morning was carried out another investigation and, with great surprise for its part, searchers found Irma Leopold. He was unconscious. He suffered several strokes and minor cuts to his head, and the nails of her hands were broken, but otherwise did not seem too concerned after spending more than a week in the woods: his feet, barefoot, were clean and unmarked. What is most remarkable of all was that it lacked the brace, but had not sexually abused her. When regained knowledge, he could not remember anything of what had happened to him. And here the story ends. Irma could not say anything about what had happened to him, Miranda, Marion and miss McCraw would not view any more. As a result of the episode, the students of the college were changed Appleyard College, and it was closed. A few months later, Mistress Appleyard went to Hanging Rock and climbed alone. His body was later found at the foot of a cliff. The mystery of Hanging Rock has sparked endless speculation. For those who are not prepared to accept a paranormal explanation, there are two possibilities. The girls could have been lost and died in the rock due to weather conditions. Their bodies could remain hidden in the bushes at the foot of a cliff, or in a cave where they could have fallen, to be devoured by animals, insects and bacteria (which happens quite often in the forest Australian). The amnesia of Edith could be due to hysteria or a fall; that of Irma, the traumatic experience of being separated from the others and survive a single

week. The brace he had to remove to move more freely (this could also be the reason they miss McCraw off his skirt). The second possibility is that the girls were victims of any crime. It has been suggested the theory that Mike Fitzhubert and Albert Crundall may have kidnapped the girls (after murdering miss McCraw) and keep them hidden in the land of Colonel to satisfy their sexual desires. Marion and Miranda, or died from injuries suffered or were killed, Irma had to be saved by chance. Developing this hypothesis, Mike could have been a sexual pervert who had sent his family to the colonies to get rid of him, but this whole theory breaks down by the fact that Irma remain untouched. Another theory is that the girls were caught by a UFO, for which the rock due to having acted as an intergalactic basis, like the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming in the movie “Encounters of the Third Kind ” (1977). Other theories are less sustainable. It has been suggested that the girls were mysteriously trapped by a spacecraft. Certainly, the rock is sufficiently distinctive to serve as a beacon of intergalactic, as the Devil’s Tower that appears in the movie Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). The presence of a UFO might explain the fact that the clocks stop. When Edith had that he had seen Miss McCraw, said he had. received a mysterious cloud rose toward that hour, is this evidence that might have strange objects fly in space? Another theory is that the girls could have done something like a trip back in time, when they moved to another era past or future. This theory is closely related to the cloud rose, as Christian Doppler and Albert Einstein suggested that the bodies that disappeared from view at a tremendously high speed acquired a reddish hue that saw the light: a distortion of the spectrum of light. The pink cloud could have been the disappearance of huge miss McCraw to speed travelers through time. Other ideas are that the girls were introduced in a parallel universe, or that the properties from the rock absorbed mysteriously to the victims, theory that the film Picnic at Hanging Rock, with its harrowing vision of the Australian landscape and its assertion as the rock a giant phallic symbol, seemed to favor. Much of the history of Hanging Rock is based on the novel by Joan Lindsay Picnic at Hanging Rock (1967). Despite the fact that this is a work of fiction, its creator obviously want your readers to take a true story. In the preface, the author says: “If it’s a reality or a fiction, my readers must decide for themselves.” At the end of the book there is a long quotation, apparently from a newspaper in Melbourne, which describes the most important features of the story. Other circumstances have contributed to mislead investigators. All the places mentioned in the story exist, including a school for young ladies in Woodend. The brothers turned Hussey few stores near Woodend, and one doctor McKenzie worked in the vicinity in the late nineteenth century. However, today they can not find references to the disappearances. In fact, Valentine’s Day 1900 fell on Wednesday, not on Saturday. The school for young ladies (named Clyde College) was opened in 1910 in a suburb of Melbourne, and not moved to Woodend until 1919. Neither the local newspaper, the Star Woodend, neither of the two daily Melbourne, The Age and The Argus, spoke of the disappearance in February 1900, nor in previous years or beyond. The newspaper quoted the end of the novel said that Irma was interviewed several times by the Society for Psychical Research: such interviews could not be located. Given this lack of evidence, Joan Lindsay remains disturbingly enigmatic. In an interview with a newspaper in Melbourne in 1977, he was asked without reservation: “Is your novel a reality or a fiction?” For me, this is a question impossible to answer replied. The reality and fiction are inextricably linked. “Anyway, little seems to matter if the story is true or not. Seems to have already spent a part of modern mythology. People who have read the book or seen the film will ensure that the events described happened in reality. Apparently, history has curdled perfectly into the collective unconscious Australian.


This entry was posted in Australia and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.


  1. Posted 2011. december 19. hétfő at 06:10 | Permalink

    Strongly suggest adding a “google+” button for the blog!

  2. Ella
    Posted 2011. december 24. szombat at 14:10 | Permalink

    ‘Picnic At Hanging Rock’ is a novel, not a true story. Joan Lindsay wrote it to sound like a true story, but it’s simply a tall tale in the grand tradition of Australian yard-spinning. She liked to imply that there might have been some truth to the story, because it added to the mystique. There is no such school as “Appleyard”, Valentine’s Day did not fall on a Saturday in 1900, and the disappearance of 4 women at Hanging Rock (at Mt Macedon) would have been of major national interest. I’ve never come across anyone, in Australia or elsewhere, who genuinely thought this book was anything other than fiction. Sorry!

  3. Posted 2012. január 7. szombat at 05:13 | Permalink

    Many thanks man really nice site and some great content articles, keep up the greatI had been browsing search engines and I saw your website which is quite interesting, keep it up! I just added this blog website to my search engines reader, excellent stuff. I Am Unable To obtain sufficient!

  4. Posted 2012. január 11. szerda at 07:42 | Permalink

    Hello there, simply become aware of your website through Google, and found that it is really informative. Im going to look out for the city. Ill be thankful for people who carry on this particular in future. Plenty of people will probably be benefited out of your composing. Many thanks!

  5. Posted 2012. január 12. csütörtök at 14:03 | Permalink

    Will you post more on this subject?I will indicator up for your internet sites rss feed.

  6. Posted 2012. január 14. szombat at 01:44 | Permalink

    Really fascinating theme , thankyou with regard to posting.

  7. DeedeAdvind
    Posted 2012. január 25. szerda at 10:33 | Permalink

    Hello! Just want to say thank you for this interesting article! =) Peace, Joy.

  8. Posted 2012. január 29. vasárnap at 11:33 | Permalink

    yay google is my queen aided me to find this outstanding web site ! .

  9. Posted 2012. február 1. szerda at 08:32 | Permalink

    I’m very inspired along with your site because smartly using the structure to your weblog. Is that this a compensated theme or have you colorize it for you yourself? Either way keep up the superb high quality composing, it is uncommon to see a great blog such as this one nowadays.

  10. Posted 2012. február 1. szerda at 13:10 | Permalink

    I was simply looking for this details for some time. Following 6 several hours of continuous Googleing, lastly I obtained it inside your internet site.

  11. Posted 2012. február 1. szerda at 19:08 | Permalink

    This is really the really great review for me, should acknowledge that you just are probably the best writers We ever saw.Thank you for writing this informative article.

  12. Posted 2012. február 1. szerda at 22:04 | Permalink

    I must say your own weblog is actually exceptional! I’ll unquestionably arrive again again!

  13. Posted 2012. február 4. szombat at 11:40 | Permalink

    We lately came throughout your posting and are already analyzing together. I need to communicate my appreciation of your creating ability as well as ability to make target audience research by using the actual starting towards the end. I would like to research more recent posts and to talk about my suggestions along with you.

  14. Posted 2012. február 4. szombat at 15:38 | Permalink

    Your artical is really so simple yet retains some elegance and even grace. And considering the options together with customization you¡¯ve enabled, I¡¯m sure it can appeal to a lot of bloggers. It¡¯s very commendable that you would want to let usa, the people, to employ a wide offering of themes for our blogs. Keep these individuals coming!

  15. Posted 2012. február 15. szerda at 14:14 | Permalink

    First off, I wish to thank you in the outstanding as well as informative access. I will need to admit which usually, We havent noticed concerning this information. We now have noticed quite a few new information with regard to cause. Thanks plenty with regard to giving this particular effective and interesting information. We’re waiting pertaining to other thrilling articles due to you against the closest long term.

  16. Posted 2012. február 16. csütörtök at 14:29 | Permalink

    We bear in mind such as Im continuously looking through cause of inviting items to pore more than near by numerous subjects, however i be successful to include your install amongst my scans each and every life time since you provide birth to persuasive entries that I look on in order to.

  17. Posted 2012. február 16. csütörtök at 23:01 | Permalink

    Thank you for the good writeup. This actually would be a amusement accounts it. Appear sophisticated to far additional agreeable from you! Incidentally, exactly how could all of us communicate?

  18. Posted 2012. február 17. péntek at 08:28 | Permalink

    The actual publish is completely fantastic! Lots of great information and motivation, each of which people need! Also like to appreciate time and effort you place to your blog and more information you are offering! I’ll save your website!

  19. Posted 2012. február 17. péntek at 11:13 | Permalink

    Hello there! Wonderful stuff, do tell me whenever you publish once again something similar to this particular!

  20. Posted 2012. február 24. péntek at 01:01 | Permalink

    I just want to say I’m new to blogging and site-building and truly liked your web page. More than likely I’m likely to bookmark your blog . You certainly come with terrific posts. Appreciate it for sharing with us your website page.

  21. Posted 2012. február 25. szombat at 20:43 | Permalink

    I’ve said that least 4037586 times. SCK was here

  22. Posted 2012. február 26. vasárnap at 12:06 | Permalink

    I just want to tell you that I’m all new to blogging and actually enjoyed your blog. Likely I’m planning to bookmark your site . You amazingly have tremendous stories. Thanks a bunch for revealing your blog site.

  23. Posted 2012. február 29. szerda at 00:11 | Permalink

    WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more wait ..

  24. Posted 2012. február 29. szerda at 03:52 | Permalink

    Hello! I just desire to create a huge thumbs upward for the fantastic guidance you’ve here about this article. I’ll be going back to your website for additional soon.

  25. Posted 2012. február 29. szerda at 08:45 | Permalink

    Subsequently, soon after spending numerous hours on the internet at last We’ve uncovered an individual that undoubtedly does know what they’re discussing a lot of thanks an excellent deal wonderful post

  26. Posted 2012. február 29. szerda at 09:20 | Permalink

    I believe this website contains some rattling excellent information for everyone :D . “The ground that a good man treads is hallowed.” by Johann von Goethe.

  27. Posted 2012. február 29. szerda at 10:33 | Permalink

    Sweet site, super pattern , very clean and employ genial .

  28. Posted 2012. február 29. szerda at 10:42 | Permalink

    I think that is one of the such a lot significant information for me. And i am glad studying your article. However should remark on few general things, The web site style is ideal, the articles is in reality excellent :D . Good job, cheers.

  29. Posted 2012. február 29. szerda at 10:58 | Permalink

    Appreciate it for helping out, great information. “If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.” by Bill Lyon.

  30. Posted 2012. február 29. szerda at 12:21 | Permalink

    Truly amazed! Things are really, very clear, open up is a description of the problem. It has the info.

  31. Posted 2012. február 29. szerda at 14:19 | Permalink

    I like this web blog very much, Its a really nice billet to read and receive info . “Things do not change we change.” by Henry David Thoreau.

  32. Posted 2012. február 29. szerda at 14:36 | Permalink

    Its excellent as your other blog posts : D, thankyou for posting . “Before borrowing money from a friend it’s best to decide which you need most.” by Joe Moore.

  33. Posted 2012. február 29. szerda at 15:40 | Permalink

    I do agree with all the ideas you have presented in your post. They’re very convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are too short for novices. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>