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Bushfire Memorial : October 2013
Bushfire Memorial : October 2013

Photographs supplied by Nancy Alford

A monument commemorates the bushfires that swept through the Brisbane Ranges on the 22nd January 2006.

January 2006 will go down in history as the month when lightning brought wildfire to one of the State's most loved parks. Despite lengthy efforts to control the fire from DSE, Parks Victoria and CFA fire fighters, flames engulfed more than 6700 hectares of National Park, public land and pasture land before finally being controlled on Tuesday 24 January 2006. The fire threatened the town of Anakie and more than 40 percent of the National Park was destroyed.

Location

Address:2135 Geelong-Ballan Road, Anakie Primary School , Anakie, 3221
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.91273
Long: 144.25522
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Fire

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 29th April, 2007
Front Inscription

In Commemoration Of The Fires That Swept Through The Brisbane Ranges
Sunday 22nd January, 2006

Opened on Sunday 29th April 2007 by Bruce Esplin  Emergency Services Commissioner

Artist - Tim Kelynack

Inscription in Proximity

THE SCULPTURE DEPICTS A FLAME.

CHILDREN FROM ANAKIE PRIMARY SCHOOL CREATED TILES REPRESENTING WHAT THE FIRE MEANT TO THEM.

THE ONE HUNDRED YEAR OLD SEWING MACHINE IS ENCLOSED IN A BURNT NATIONAL PARKS SIGN RECOVERED FROM ANAKIE GORGE. 

THE SEWING MACHINE WAS ONE OF THE FEW THINGS REMAINING AT THE PROPERTY OF MRS KATH BOURNE OF STAUGHTON VALE, WHO LOST HER HOME.
GRASS TREES WERE PLANTED IN RECOGNITION OF THE MANY NATIVE PLANTS THAT WERE BURNT.
IN SPRING 2006, THE REGENERATED GRASS TREES PROVIDED A BRILLIANT DISPLAY THROUGHOUT THE AREAS DEVASTATED BY FIRE.

Source: MA
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