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02-April-2015
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A park commemorates the firefighters who fought the Ash Wednesday fires in February 1983.

Ash Wednesday, February 16th 1983, saw fires of terrible speed and ferocity in several parts of Victoria that claimed some sixty-nine lives. The Cockatoo fire is the one most well remembered in Panton Hill. Tragically, five of the Brigade were trapped in a narrow forest track in Upper Beaconsfield when the wind turned, and died when their tanker was overrun by flames. With them the six member crew from Narre Warren suffered the same fate.

Location

Address:Merritts & Bishops Roads, Panton Hill , 3759
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.641617
Long: 145.240781
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Fire
Actual Event STart Date:16-February-1983
Actual Event End Date:16-February-1983
Link:http://www.hss.uts.edu.au/centres/p…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 21st October, 1984
Front Inscription

PANTON HILL
FIREFIGHTERS
MEMORIAL PARK

Plaque:
This Memorial Park
Was Opened By
Max McDonald, M.L.A., J.P.
On 21 October 1984.

Source: MA,ACPH
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