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Plaque commemorates the victims of the landslide which occurred at Thredbo Village in 1997.

In July 1997, Australia’s worst landslide occurred when a large section of steep mountainside below the Alpine Way road collapsed immediately above part of Thredbo Ski Village (New South Wales). About 1000 tonnes of earth, rock and trees slid down the steep slope, shearing the Carinya Lodge off its foundations and causing it to collide with the Bimbadeen Lodge at high speed. Both multi-level buildings were completely destroyed. Rescue efforts were hampered by several further minor slides and the very unstable mass of earth. After 55 hours, rescuers located a survivor buried in a void below three huge concrete slabs, 2.5 metres below the rubble. Ten hours later, the slightly injured man was successfully rescued after surviving the complete demolition of his lodge. Eighteen people died. The disaster also caused millions of dollars damage.

Location

Address:Crackenback Drive, Thredbo Memorial Community Centre, Thredbo Village, 2625
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.505833
Long: 148.299444
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Landslide
Actual Event STart Date:30-July-1997
Actual Event End Date:30-July-1997

Dedication

Front Inscription

IN MEMORY OF
FAMILY & FRIENDS
WHO DIED IN THE ROAD COLLAPSE
30th JULY 1997
(Names of the 18 victims)

Source: ACPH,MA
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