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(Diane Watson)
(Diane Watson)

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Erich Nussbaumer

Memorial to `Destructo` the New South Wales racing cockroach who was accidentally killed by the boot of a race official.

In 1980 the Australian Cockroaching Association rounded up a team of Sydney roaches to extend the rivalry between New South Wales and Queensland sportspeople to a new level at the Eulo Lizard racing championships. Woodenhead, a bearded dragon, was the hot favourite for the Cunnamulla Challenge Stakes, having just beaten 87 lizards in an earlier race. However Destructo covered the two metre track in 24.5 seconds to take the honours. In the excitement of the victory, Destructo`s trainer inadvertently crushed the champion.

Location

Address:Bulloo Developmental Road & Leo Street, Eulo, 4491
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.159722
Long: 145.047222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Animals
Approx. Event Start Date:1980
Approx. Event End Date:1980

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 23rd August, 1981
Front Inscription

CUNNAMULLA EULO
FESTIVAL OF OPALS

"DESTRUCTO"
CHAMPION RACING COCKROACH
ACCIDENTALLY-KILLED AT THIS TRACK (24-8-80) AFTER WINNING THE CHALLENGE STAKES AGAINST "WOODEN HEAD" CHAMPION RACING LIZARD 1980

UNVEILED 23-8-81

Source: MA
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