In the summer of 1970, millions of young people were on the move.
They hitchhiked, flew and took the bus or train on Homeric adventures across the continent and around the world. London, Goa, Marrakesh, Thailand, Australia and a thousand spots in between.
But in that grand adventure, some never made it home and decades later, the mysteries of what happened to them endure.
Gordon “Bruce” Rogers was 21 that glorious summer at the dawn of a new decade that held so much promise and ended in malaise and disappointment.
He landed in Sydney on March 28, 1970, armed with a 12-month visa for what he hoped would be a working holiday. For a while, he travelled around the country before taking a job with the Woods and Forest Department in Mt Burr.
According to Aussie detectives, Rogers had planned to work that job for six weeks before moving on to New Zealand. It was a trip he would never take.
On Aug. 2, 1970, he went to a party in the little fishing town of Beachport — about 400 km southeast of Adelaide. On that date, the Saskatchewan boy was last seen around 3:30 a.m., leaving behind his passport and other personal items.