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Searching for the Beaumont Children : Australia's Most Famous Unsolved Mystery - Alan Whiticker

Searching for the Beaumont Children

Australia's Most Famous Unsolved Mystery

Paperback Published: 11th January 2006
ISBN: 9781740311069
Number Of Pages: 304

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On Wednesday, 26 January 1966 Australia Day the three Beaumont children left their home in the Adelaide suburb of Somerton Park for a morning at the beach. By the end of the day, the worst fears of every Australian parent were realised when Jane, aged 9, her sister Arnna, 7, and their four-year-old brother, Grant, did not return home.

The Beaumont Children Case remains Australia's most famous unsolved mystery. The unknown fate of the three siblings has become an integral part of Australia's urban mythology.

More than any other crime, the disappearance of the Beaumont children has become one of the defining events in the history of this country.

About the Author

Alan J, Whiticker is a teacher and freelance writer of sport history biography, and true crime. He has long been intrigued by the unsolved Beaumont Case. This is his seventeenth book.

Well researched and plausible


This book is good recap of all the information made public during and after the Beaumont case investigations. The case is still unsolved and remains open. As a former Adelaide resident I remember the strong effect this case had on many people, a feeling of sadness and powerlessness that still lingers today. This book provides some insight into the personalities and mindsets of the various investigators, reporters and even psychics who became involved along the way. There is interesting analysis and information provided about the historical context including the settlement policies of South Australia. It includes information about other cases involving children which provides substance to the authors well researched theories. It was difficult to read this book without feeling immense sadness and empathy with the parents of all the families whose children go missing due to the heartless and cruel acts of others. The book is easy to read but it is a grim subject matter. One comes away with a strong desire to see justice done.



a sad day in our history


i remeber living through this time.



Children missing ....


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Adelaide Hills, SA


Very good.


It was a good book for around that time when the children were taken, It was never solved so a bit disappointing when some thing is not solved but no one can help that but had some very good theories in the book worth reading if your into true crime :)

Melbourne Australia


Good book


Well written story telling and told of a few happenings that i dont think the general public were aware of. The writer also lightly touched on a couple of other unsolved cases with information that was enlightening!



Somewhere, someone must know.


This is every parents nightmare dealt with in a compassionate manner, after nearly 50 years there must be someone who knows what happened or is hiding something. It is a depressing read, for who among us would like all of their children to vanish without trace, without saying goodbye and not hearing anything ever again

Maleny AU


a very interesting informative book


a very good read



Very informative, well written


Things I wanted to know



Searching for the Beaumont Children

4.0 8


About The Author



1. The City

2. The Times

3. The Disappearance

4. The Media

5. The Clairvoyant

6. The Aftermath

7. The Detective

8. The Adelaide Oval Case

9. The Family Murders

10. The Legacy

11. The Case Today


Appendix: The Beaumont Children Mystery- A Timeline Of Events


ISBN: 9781740311069
ISBN-10: 174031106X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 11th January 2006
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1