Two weeks before Christmas, at the height of WW2, a party of Boy Scouts sailed across the Clarence River for Susan Island opposite the Grafton CBD. On the return journey a series of events resulted in the drowning deaths of 13 young boys. It is hard to recount the events of this tragedy, if you would like to read more click here for Peter Langston's poignant yet damning article.
Nine of the graves are located in the centre of the Old South Grafton Cemetery, high on the hill and away from the river in which they drowned. There is also a small memorial in the Boulevard Gardens overlooking the site of the catastrophe.