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Commemorates seven men who were killed during the construction of the Penshurst - Koroit railway. The monument is close to the graves of those who died
In March 1890, seven men died and others were badly injured on a homeward journey at the end of work.
The train, with an open truck at the front of it, overturned when it struck a bullock on the line a short distance from the township. The young men were returning to the `single mens` camp` at Penshurst, with most of them being Irish born or of Irish descent.
The people of Penshurst in 1890 were shocked and saddened by the tragedy, laying the dead to rest in the Boram Boram cemetery just outside the township.
|Address:||Boram Boram Lane, Penshurst Cemetery, Penshurst, 3289|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.836403|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||01-March-1890|
|Actual Event End Date:||01-March-1890|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 26th March, 2000|
Time shall not weaken the memory of those who died tragically on the building of the Penshurst - Koroit railway March 1st, 1890.
James Callghan (22)
John Dillon (24)
John Dunphy (24)
Patrick McGee (33)
John O`Donnell (21)
William Waters (27)
James O`Brien (28) buried Melbourne
Quiet is the rail at the end of the day
Silent now from hammer blows
and silent forever
The voices of working men
Who died on their homeward journey
The workers`carriage overturned after striking a bullock three kilometres east of Penshurst