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A mural commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Ash Wednesday bushfires of 1983.
The Ash Wednesday bushfires, known in South Australia as Ash Wednesday II, were a series of bushfires that occurred in south-eastern Australia on 16 February 1983, which was Ash Wednesday in the Christian calendar. Within twelve hours, more than 180 fires fanned by winds of up to 110 km/h (68 mph) caused widespread destruction across the states of Victoria and South Australia.Years of severe drought and extreme weather combined to create one of Australia's worst fire days in a century. The fires became the deadliest bushfire in Australian history, until the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.
In the space of a few hours in South Australia, 28 people died, 14 in the Hills and another 14 in the south-east. Three CFS volunteers were among the dead. More than 300 homes were lost along with a hotel, a service station and 13 historic buildings.
|Address:||Riddoch Highway, Memorial Hall, Tarpeena, 5277|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.626694|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||16-February-1983|
|Actual Event End Date:||16-February-1983|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 16th February, 2008|
Tarpeena Progress Association
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the devastating Ash Wednesday fires
February 16th 2008