Ann Fagan tells this story.
I remembered reading a newspaper article about Stella McCoy and her friends, lost near Anglers Rest (28km north west of Omeo, on the road to Glen Valley and beyond).
The Border Mail (Albury Wodonga), on January 30 1998, featured the reopening of The Blue Duck Inn. The reporter was fascinated by all the memorabilia at the hotel, including a visitors’ book in which Stella wrote on January 3 1915 about getting lost with Millie (Winnie?) Payne and Nellie Swinbourne, saying “but we had a jolly time”. Here’s a photo of Stella and Winnie Payne.
Various articles in newspapers – the Omeo Standard and others – as well as stories from her niece Beth McCoy, tell more about Stella.
She was an accomplished musician who taught piano and singing in Omeo from about 1905 to 1917, and was called upon to perform on many occasions. With her students, she organised concerts in 1915 -16 to raise funds for the wounded soldiers, and in 1917 featured in various items at a grand concert as part of the Queen Carnival in aid of the Omeo Hospital. Her brother William and her mother also performed. Over 800 people attended that concert, too many for the Shire Hall so it was held in a temporary “marquee” erected on one of the tennis courts in the park opposite the Hilltop Hotel.
Stella’s musical talents must have been missed in Omeo, when she married Arthur James (c 1918) and settled in Colac, before later moving to the Ballarat area.
She died too young, aged 52, and is buried in the Learmonth Cemetery near Ballarat.