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A garden with a pond commemorates the victims of Australia’s worst mass murder, which occured at Port Arthur in 1996.
In April 1996, twenty-eight-year-old Martin Bryant entered the Broad Arrow cafeteria in Port Arthur and after eating lunch, he remarked to a patron, "There are a lot of WASPS, not a lot of Japs." He then picked up his bag and walked toward the entrance, where he took out a military-style semi-automatic rifle. Within 15 seconds, he had slaughtered 12 people and injured several more. After executing others including a mother and her two young children, he drove some miles to a bed-and-breakfast, the Seascape Cottage.
The elderly owners, whom he had known for most of his life, had been murdered on his way to Port Arthur. After a siege which lasted most of the night, Bryant set the building on fire and ran screaming with his clothes alight into the arms of waiting police. The final toll, including a hostage Bryant had taken with him to Seascape from Port Arthur, was 35 dead and 20 wounded--the largest mass murder in Australia`s history. It led to an urgent review of the nation`s gun laws.
Note : The name of Raymond Sharp, who was one of the Sharp brothers murdered is missing from the dedication plaque which lists only 34 of the victims. His name is listed on the plaque attached to the cross which lists all 35 victims.
|Address:||Tarleton Street , Port Arthur, 7182|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -43.146428|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||28-April-1996|
|Actual Event End Date:||28-April-1996|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 28th April, 2000|
May we who come to this garden cherish life for the sake of those who died.
Cherish compassion for the sake of those who gave aid.
Cherish peace for the sake of those in pain.
Port Arthur Memorial Garden
Dedicated by His Excellency the Honourable Sir William Deane, AC, KBE Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia,
28th of April 2000
Winifred Aplin Nanette Mixac
Walter Bennett Madeline Mixac
Nicole Burgess Alannah Mixac
Sou Leng Chung Peter Nash
Elva Gaylard Gwenda Neander
Zoe Hall William Xeeng Ng
Elizabeth Howard Anthony Nightingale
Mary Howard Glenn Pears
Ronald Jary Russell Pollard
Tony Kistan Janette Quin
Dennis Lever Robert Salzman
Sarah Loughton Kate Scott
David Martin Kevin Sharp
Noelene (Sally) Martin Royce Thompson
Pauline Masters Jason Winter
Death has taken its toll.
Some pain knows no release but the knowledge of brave compassion shines like a pool of peace.