The Bundaberg region has seen its fair share of mysteries.
The Bundaberg region has seen its fair share of mysteries. THINKSTOCK

15 of Bundaberg's most perplexing mysteries

MYSTERIES - every region has them, but there are some that remain unsolved and may stay that way forever.

Here are some of Bundaberg's most enduring enigmas, some recent, some enduring and some lost to history. 

Onesie thief
Onesie thief Jay Fielding

1. Who is the Onesie Bandit?

A year ago, the NewsMail reported on the Onesie Bandit - a man who dressed in a Jake the Dog onesie to rob the United servo. 

So far, no one has come forward with information on who the man was.

The Bundaberg Airport.

Photo: Submitted
The Bundaberg Airport. Photo: Submitted

2. Are there bunkers hidden under the airport?

It's an urban legend that refuses to quieten with time, but is there any merit to it?

A representative of the Australian Bunker and Military Museum arrived at the airport in 2009 to hunt for the bunkers, claiming one had been filled in at the site, but then Mayor Lauraine Pyefinch said the council would not be wasting ratepayer money to further investigate.

Do you think there are bunkers under the airport?

This poll ended on 14 September 2019.

Current Results

Yes

45%

No

54%

Unsure

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

3. Did bricks of cocaine wash up on our beaches?

Earlier this year, the community was thrown into confusion when mysterious parcels of a white powder washed up on the region's beaches. 

Police and SES volunteers are searching the coastline at Elliott Heads, looking for more suspicious packages that may have washed up.
Police and SES volunteers are searching the coastline at Elliott Heads, looking for more suspicious packages that may have washed up. 7 News Wide Bay

Police told the Australian there was a high chance the powder was cocaine but where it came from and how it got to our shores remains a mystery.

MISSING WOMAN: Marjorie Norval went missing in 1938. Photo: contributed
MISSING WOMAN: Marjorie Norval went missing in 1938. Photo: contributed contributed

4. What happened to Marjorie Norval? 

Bundaberg's Marjorie Norval was 30 when she was last seen walking up the steps of the Brisbane Central Station on November 11, 1938.

Rumours went wild, including one saying she was pregnant by a prominent politician and was killed to prevent a scandal, or that she had died during an illegal abortion.

In the end, no one knew what happened to the young woman.

The man vanished while flying a light aircraft.
The man vanished while flying a light aircraft.

5. What happened to Bundy businessman?

In 1963, Bundaberg businessman Michael John Toohey vanished while flying a light aircraft from Sydney back to his home.

It was thought the plane may have crashed somewhere near Coffs Harbour, but no wreckage could ever be found despite the man's family offering a large reward.

What caused burnt coffin fragments to be found at the cemetery?
What caused burnt coffin fragments to be found at the cemetery?

6. What happened at the cemetery in 1970?

Police investigated after the discovery of charred remains of timber and metal at the Bundaberg General Cemetery in 1970.

Detectives probed suggestions the fragments were part of a coffin which had been burnt at the scene.

A local funeral director identified the pieces as parts of coffin wood and the metal was believed to be part of metal coffin handles.

The man was found near Mundubbera.
The man was found near Mundubbera. Brett Wortman

7. What happened to man found on highway?

In 1970, the body of Robert John Stower was found on the Central Burnett Highway.

A detective told the Bundaberg Coroner's Court that the man's body was found two miles from Mundubbera.

It appeared he had been run over but no other information was discovered.

An old photo of Wisbech, England.
An old photo of Wisbech, England.

8. Had Bundy woman been kidnapped from the UK as a girl?

It sounds like a movie script.In the 1800s, a young girl is kidnapped and brought to Australia as a servant.

That girl - Mary Caroline Harwood - would come to live in Bundaberg and during the Second World War penned a letter from her Barolin Rd home detailing the mysterious events of her past.

A dolphin on the rocks.
A dolphin on the rocks. Crystal Jones

9. Who is making art at Bargara?

In a lighthearted mystery, residents were baffled by beauty in May when pretty artworks started to appear along Bargara's foreshore. 

They had not been officially sanctioned, but the council said they wouldn't be removed.

The Bywash flows into the Burnett River.
The Bywash flows into the Burnett River. Google Maps

10. Was a woman thrown into the Bywash?

It started with an eight-year-old boy running to his house - screaming.

The boy told his family he'd witnessed something chilling - a woman falling from a bridge into the Bywash, but baffled investigators failed to find any trace.

Dr May and nursing staff of Bundaberg Hospital in 1911. Bundaberg Base Hospital complex was opened by the Governor of Queensland, Sir William McGregor on July 9, 1914. The original hospital erected on the site during 1880-81, was little more than a four-room cottage with kitchen and a separate ward for Kanakas. Hospital is located in Bourbong Street, West. Buildings shown have been demolished during major redevelopment in 2009.
Dr May and nursing staff of Bundaberg Hospital in 1911. Bundaberg Base Hospital complex was opened by the Governor of Queensland, Sir William McGregor on July 9, 1914. The original hospital erected on the site during 1880-81, was little more than a four-room cottage with kitchen and a separate ward for Kanakas. Hospital is located in Bourbong Street, West. Buildings shown have been demolished during major redevelopment in 2009. Picture Bundaberg

11. What actually happened at Dr May's house?

Rumours of deaths and murders have continued for decades, with people once daring each other to enter the old house.

The NewsMail delved into the case in 2017 to finally shed some light on what actually happened and whether any of the tales were true.

The footprints are baffling Bundaberg.
The footprints are baffling Bundaberg. Tony Weiss

12. What caused these footprints at the mouth of the Kolan?

A local man photographed off footprints at the mouth of the Kolan, with residents baffled by their origin.

While the Queensland Museum believed it solved the mystery, the man did not agree. 

What caused the prints?

This poll ended on 14 September 2019.

Current Results

Kangaroo

16%

Crocodile

16%

A large bird

66%

Something mysterious

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

13. Was a crocodile really sunning itself at Elliott Heads?

Social media users were divided when a photo did the rounds showing a "crocodile" at Elliott Heads beach.

A photo posted on Facebook by a member of the public.
A photo posted on Facebook by a member of the public.

But was it a crocodile, or simply a log?

Croc or log?

This poll ended on 14 September 2019.

Current Results

Croc

57%

Log

28%

Neither croc, nor log

14%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

14. What caused a surge in reported UFO sightings?

Bundaberg saw a surge in UFO sightings from 2012 to 2013, with many locals coming to the NewsMail with their reports.

Richard Elzey, Wikimedia Commons

In the years since, reports have dwindled considerably.

Have you seen a UFO, if so, when did you see it?

This poll ended on 14 September 2019.

Current Results

Yes - before the 2000s

16%

Yes - 2000-2010

16%

Yes - 2011-now

16%

Nope

50%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

15. Who killed Florence Broadhurst?

One of the region's most famous designers, Florence Broadhurst launched Florence Broadhurst Wallpapers featuring stunning designs.

Florence Broadhurt
Florence Broadhurt Photolab Imaging Services

Broadhurst was exporting her work to countries including England, France, the US and Peru, and her repertoire of designs at this point was said to comprise about 800 designs in different colours.

In 1977, she was bludgeoned to death in her Paddington studio. Her murder has never been solved.

Do you have an opinion on these mysteries or know of one you'd like to see solved? Email crystal.jones@news-mail.com.au.



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