Lyon and Loveday Walker Barton were middle aged siblings who lived together at Barton Park. They were murdered one Sunday in 1948 after returning from church by a farm boy that Lyon had brought up from Sydney a few weeks earlier. He was named Harvey Bugg and had recently left a notorious children’s home near Mittagong. He stole some money and Lyon’s car and headed for Sydney and then Queensland where he was arrested after openly bragging about the killings. The strangest thing when reading the court transcript is that there is no discussion of motive by anyone.
So much unsaid. They were the local equivalent to lords of the manor. Lyon almost certainly was gay, Loveday possibly. Lyon had a rumoured history of sexual predation, but not extreme. Neither seemed to be all that well liked. Harvey Bugg had almost certainly been abused but also showed clear psychopathic tendencies like complete lack of remorse. All of this is still only whispered even after all these years and is just conjecture more than documented fact.
What is fact is that it ended the Walker family connection to Wallerawang. The remaining sister who lived in New Zealand sold the property. Harvey Bugg served his time, becoming a skilled and talented musician while in gaol. The house was later demolished and the site disappeared beneath the lake. Mt Walker and the cemetery still overlook it.