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26-November-2015
26-November-2015

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

A monument erected by the residents in memory of five sportsmen from Bunyip who were killed in an air disaster at Daly Waters in the Northern Territory in December 1967.

The aircraft that crashed was a Cessna U206A, VH-RXF.  The pilot, Peter Limon, had just returned to Moorabbin Airport after an eight day trip to Alice Springs, Broome, Darwin.  While unloading his aircraft, Peter Limon was approached by the five people killed, who were looking into chartering an aircraft for a trip to the Northern Territory.

They engaged Peter Limon who hired the Cessna from Flinders Island Airways to fly them and the aircraft came down during a tropical thunderstorm just short of Daly Waters airstrip on 29 December 1967. It later emerged that Mike Breheny had survived the impact and had died from the effects of multiple minor fractures and exposure at some stage during the four days it took rescuers to locate the wreckage in the remote bushland. The pilot was also killed in the disaster. 

Location

Address:Nar Nar Goon - Longwarry Road, Bunyip Recreation Reserve, Bunyip, 3815
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.099439
Long: 145.717602
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy
Actual Event STart Date:29-December-1967
Actual Event End Date:29-December-1967

Dedication

Front Inscription

Erected By
Citizens Of The District
To The Memory Of
Five Bunyip Sportsmen
Killed In An Air Disaster
At Daly Waters N.T.
29th December 1967.

Michael Breheny  27 years
Noel Heatley         34 years
Peter Kay               27 years
Donald Smith        25 years
Barry Sullivan       23 years

Source: MA
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