On Saturday, April 14, 1900, Valentine’s Day, the 19 students of Appleyard College near Woodend, in Australia, went out to celebrate their annual picnic at the base of Hanging Rock, a very popular rock formation in the region. It was a hot summer afternoon and the girls, plus the two teachers who accompanied them, fell into a comfortable drowsiness after giving a good account of their sandwiches and even a cake.

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