Rex Wallman beside the monument to his sister, Marilyn Wallman, at Mackay’s Northern Beaches.
Rex Wallman beside the monument to his sister, Marilyn Wallman, at Mackay’s Northern Beaches. Peter Holt

Farewell for Marilyn Wallman is planned for her birthday

THE family of Marilyn Wallman has chosen a poignant date to finally lay their daughter and sister to rest.

In a celebration of her life, the family has decided to hold her funeral on what would have been her 57th birthday - March 6.

Marilyn disappeared near Eimeo Rd on her way to Mackay North State High School on March 21, 1972.

Just her bicycle and school port were found by the side of the road. She had just turned 14.

Last month a fragment of bone, which was found near Mirani in 1974, was confirmed to be part of her skull.

Her brother, Rex Wallman, said holding the funeral on Marilyn's birthday was "fitting".

While the DNA results had given the family some closure, Mr Wallman said making funeral arrangements had been emotional.

"It's been a very traumatic thing to go through... the process of the funeral," he said.

"It hit home to me the first day I had to visit City Funerals. I was all organised and ready to go until I pulled up into the car park."

Mr Wallman said the family wanted the funeral to be a celebration of Marilyn's life.

Initially they had considered a private ceremony, but had changed their minds. The service, at St Ambrose Anglican Church, North Mackay, also will allow friends and relatives to say goodbye.

"There are a number of people out there that have given us so much support over the years," he said.

"Even way back on the day of the search... the women who helped out making lunches for men searching and businesses closed to help search. We want to be able to thank them and we thought a private funeral would be a little bit selfish."

Those planning to attend the funeral are asked to wear yellow - Marilyn's favourite colour.

"She was only with us for 14 years but that was 14 years of joy for us," he said.



  •  Marilyn Wallman's funeral service will be held at 11am on March 6 at St Ambrose Anglican Church, Glenpark Street, North Mackay. Mourners are asked to wear yellow.



POLICE are still seeking public help solve the murder of Marilyn Wallman.

A reward of $250,000 is on offer for information that leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

About 7.42am on March 21, 1972, Marilyn Wallman left her home by bicycle to ride to the Rural Youth Hall at the junction of Wallmans and Eimeo Rds to catch a school bus at 8am.

About 10 minutes later, her two brothers found Marilyn's bicycle and school port by the side of the road about 1km from her home.

As a part of the police investigation the backyard of a North Mackay property was searched by officers in February last year, but nothing of interest was found.

About the same time a skull fragment, found near Mirani in 1974, was sent to New Zealand for further analysis, however, results proved inconclusive.

After further testing, Queensland Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon confirmed this year that the skull fragment was Marilyn's.

Anyone who has information that can help should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.