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Memorial plaque commemorates Ray Dunbar and Albert Jacobs who drowned in Nelshaby Dam on February 15th, 1951. The plaque was placed as a memorial to both men, but will serve well as a warning about the dangers in swimming in dams and reservoirs.

Ray Dunbar and Albert Jacobs were serving in the Citizens Military Forces and were due to attend their parade the evening of that tragic day: February 15, 1951. Prior to the event they decided to go duck hunting at the dam nearby. Ray went into the water and it is believed he got a cramp. Albert jumped to try and save him but both got tangled in the reeds at the bottom of the dam and drowned. Ray was aged just 25 at the time.

The two men were buried side by side at the Port Pirie cemetery.


Address:Flinders View Drive, Nelshaby Reserve, Nelshaby, 5540
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.127455
Long: 138.114616
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 21st November, 2011
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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