Historical information

Wilfred Clarence Busse was born in Chiltern, Victoria in 1898. Busse attended secondary school at Wesley College before graduating and studying law at the University of Melbourne. After graduating from University, Busse went on to become a barrister, often in the chambers of Sir Leo Finn Bernard Cussen a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Busse was also a fictional writer seen by his novels "The Blue Beyond; A Romance of the Early Days in South Eastern Australia" was written in 1928 and published in 1930 and "The Golden Plague: A Romance of the Early Fifties" written in 1930. "The Golden Plague: A Romance of the Early Fifties" won the T.E.Role gold medal for the best historical novel published that year and went on to become a best seller.

Busse wrote a series of articles for "The Federal Standard" newspaper in Chiltern, about the history of Chiltern.

Wilfred Clarence Busse was a member of the Chiltern Athenaeum upon his death in 1960.

Clara Jane Busse was born in 1870 and was married to William Friedrich Busse. She was the mother of Wilfred Clarence Busse. She survived her son Wilfred by 8 years and died on the 15th of September 1968


This memorial card is important to Chiltern Athenaeum as it is of a resident who spent many years in the region before being buried in a cemetery in Indigo Shire. It is also important as it is a familial extension of Wilfred Clarence Busse who was born and raised in Chiltern and drew inspiration for his novels from his life in Chiltern.

Physical description

Off white rectangular card with black cursive writing printed

Inscriptions & markings

Clara Jane Busse/
Passed away at Chiltern/
September, 23rd 1968/
Aged 98 years/
At rest/

Miss Claire Busse and/
Mrs Doreen Martin/
Wish to thank you sincerely for/
Your kind expressions of sympathy/
In their recent sad bereavement/

With sincere thanks/

Main Street/