Sydney March 2014 – March 2015 (4 photos)
In February 1960, in rugged farmland in northern New South Wales, a farmer and his 4 year old son, Steven, were out rounding up sheep on their property when a small number broke away from the main flock. The father told his son to get the dog and round up the strays. He told Steven to meet him by the farm gate with the big log when he had found them. However the property had two farm gates with big logs and Steven waited by the wrong gate and after waiting for a long time, Steven decided to go and look for his father.
Realising his son was missing, a search was commenced for him. After 3 days of intense searching, the boy who had been taught to not talk to strangers remained missing. By this time, up to about 5000 volunteer searchers, including light aircraft were involved in the search. On the fourth day, when hopes were low, a man named Bill Scrivener found Steven in the bush.
When he was found Steven kept saying ‘Where is my Daddy? Where is my Daddy?’
Bill said ‘Why do you want your Daddy, son?’ And Steven said ‘Because he is lost and I have been looking for him.’
This became one of Australia’s biggest and most famous search operations, and a movie and song was written about it:
Little boy lost.
One day, I stumbled across this forgotten memorial featuring a forlorn boy in a tunic. I’ve photographed it a few times. His right arm is broken off, and I think originally his arm was bent with his hand beneath his right eye, as if wiping away a tear. It’s a very sad looking memorial, even more so in its state of decay. I’m not sure why but looking at it makes me think he is a little boy lost…
“The blazin’ sun beat down upon the Earth that final day
And with heavy hearts they prayed to God above to show the way
When from a scrubby gully came a voice they’d ne’er forgot
Where’s my daddy?, Where’s my daddy?, cried the little boy lost
Where’s my daddy?, Where’s my daddy?, cried the little boy lost”
… “Little Boy Lost”, an Australian song, recorded by Johnny Ashcroft.