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A monument commemorates Katie Bender who lost her life during the demolition of the Royal Canberra Hospital on Acton Peninsula in 1997.

Katie Bender died at about 1.30pm on Sunday, 13th July 1997 when she was struck in the head by a fragment of steel expelled from one or other of the corner columns on the face of the East Wing of the Main Tower Block of Royal Canberra Hospital situated on Acton Peninsula.

Katie Bender was with her parents in a crowd estimated to be in excess of 100,000 spectators gathered on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin to watch the demolition by implosion of the Main Tower Block and Sylvia Curley House. Katie was standing on the grass nature strip just down from Lennox Gardens when hit with the missile and died instantly.


Address:Flynn Drive, Lennox Gardens, Yarralumla, 2600
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.295425
Long: 149.124181
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:13-July-1997
Actual Event End Date:13-July-1997


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2007
Front Inscription

Katie Bender 
Born 18 September 1984, Died 13 July 1997
On this day you were taken away, 
Becoming an Angel in Heaven above
Sparkling eyes, beautiful long hair and a smile 
That will last forever, as our love for you
Sadly missed by the family, friends and many
In the Canberra community
Now One of Canberra’s brightest stars

Inscription in Proximity

Katie Bender Memorial

This memorial forever honours the life of Katie Bender
who died in a tragic accident at this place
as a result of the Royal Canberra Hospital implosion
on Acton Peninsula on 13 July 1997, aged 12 years.

Source: MA
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