Came for two weeks’ work in 1977 and he is still here

Keith Leydon first travelled into the Wonnangatta Valley in 1986 and then spent 12 years producing The Wonnangatta Mystery

WONNANGATTA HISTORIAN: Keith Leydon, pictured in front of a photo of the old Wonnangatta Homestead, spent 14 years creating a historial account of the Wonnangatta murders.

THERE is little doubt that a murder will change people’s lives – but when that murder has no connection to you, and is an historical unsolved event, then why would it turn into years of intrigue?

The Wonnangatta murders have done just that for Keith Leydon.

Keith first came to Mansfield in 1977 to work for two weeks, and never left.

Meeting his wife Diane and marrying her in 1979, Keith’s daughter Nea was born in 1982, followed by John in 1984.

A well-known historian and author of The Wonnangatta Mystery, the first time Keith travelled to the remote valley was back in 1986.

It was the beginning of a journey for Keith that would encompass 12 years, thousands of kilometres, a sell-out book and, to date, 42 more trips to the Wonnangatta Valley.

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