Upper Wanliss Falls

Travis Easton

Boronia, Australia

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Wanliss Falls is upstream from the famous Erskine Falls in The Otways near Lorne. It was discovered by and named after a local farmer come World War One war hero John Wanliss. A beautiful but rarely visited drop.

‘In March 1916 Wanliss was posted to the 14th Battalion. He was chosen to lead its first raid in France against the German trenches in the Bois Grenier sector on the night of 2-3 July. Although the raid was personally planned by Brigadier General (Sir) John Monash, it was a disaster. The raiders found the German wire uncut, and were caught by German machine-gun and artillery fire. Almost all the eighty-nine raiders—picked men, ’the flower of the A.I.F.’—were hit, and they failed to take a prisoner. Wanliss showed exceptional courage and leadership. He led his party through the uncut wire and, although wounded three times, cleared a section of the German front trench; he then covered the withdrawal of his men and, under heavy fire, continued to direct them until he collapsed from loss of blood. He won the Distinguished Service Order, the first A.I.F. subaltern so decorated in World War I’, (source Australian Dictionary of Biography ).

For more pictures from this area check out my The Otways gallery.

For more waterfall pictures check out my Waterfalls gallery.

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