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Bushfire Monument : 04-July-2011
Bushfire Monument : 04-July-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

Monument commemorates the comunity assistance in the area to victims of the 1977 bushfire.

In February 1977 , bushfires saw farms, houses and township properties in the Rokewood, Cressy, Mingay-Lismore, Pura Pura and Derrinallum areas affected. Five people, 190000 sheep and 3300 cattle were killed while 2 million bales of hay, 79 houses, and 3800 kilometres of fencing were destroyed.

The Dromana firefighters suggested the idea of a memorial and provided a large slab of Dromana rock to be the "heart" of the memorial. 85 of the 95 property owners who were affected by the fire contributed to the plaque. Mr Keith May of Derrinallum devised the wording on the plaque.

Location

Address:Hamilton Highway, Between Walker and Ligar Streets , Derrinallum, 3325
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.948039
Long: 143.22375
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Fire
Actual Event STart Date:12-February-1977
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Actual Event End Date:12-February-1977
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Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:February-1978
Front Inscription

Erected by the victims of the disastrous fires of 12th February 1977 in the Pura Pura Derrinaluum districts. To gratefully acknowledge the magnificent community assistance in the recovery of the area and to recognise the state wide assistance of voluntary labour, donations of fodder and gifts of many kinds.

The good which comes out of evil

Source: MA,RUMV,VMR
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