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The Wandong Bushfire Memorial Park was opened in 2013 to commemorate those who lost their lives from Wandong and Heathcote Junction in the Black Saturday Fires of 2009.

On the 8th February 2014, on the 5th anniversary of the fire, a plaque was unveiled in the park.The Black Saturday bushfires were a series of bushfires that ignited or were burning across the Australian state of Victoria on and around Saturday, 7 February 2009.

The fires occurred during extreme bushfire-weather conditions and resulted in Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire; 173 people died and 414 were injured as a result of the fires.As many as 400 individual fires were recorded on 7 February. Following the events of 7 February 2009 and its aftermath, that day has become widely referred to as Black Saturday.

Four people died in Wandong, near Kilmore, where about 150 homes were destroyed by a massive blaze before an afternoon wind change diverted the fire towards the north and east.The fire, which had burnt out more than 4000 hectares, also turned its fury on Kinglake, where another six people were confirmed dead, and Flowerdale after the cool change swept through about 5pm. Police confirmed another three fatalities at Strathewen and one in the town Clonbinane. 


Address:Epping-Kilmore Road, Wandong and Heathcote Junction, Wandong, 3758
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.360048
Long: 145.025561
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:Disaster


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 20th April, 2013
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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