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26-November-2015 (Sandra Brown)
26-November-2015 (Sandra Brown)

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown / John Huth

The memorial was erected by residents of the district to commemorate five sportsmen from Bunyip, who were killed in an air disaster at Daly Waters in the Northern Territory in December 1967.

The aircraft that crashed was a Cessna U206A, VH-RXF.  The pilot, Peter Limon, had just returned to Moorabbin Airport after an eight day trip to Alice Springs, Broome, Darwin.  While unloading his aircraft, Peter Limon was approached by the five people killed, who were looking into chartering an aircraft for a trip to the Northern Territory.

They engaged Peter Limon who hired the Cessna from Flinders Island Airways to fly them and the aircraft came down during a tropical thunderstorm just short of Daly Waters airstrip on 29 December 1967. It later emerged that Mike Breheny had survived the impact and had died from the effects of multiple minor fractures and exposure at some stage during the four days it took rescuers to locate the wreckage in the remote bushland. The pilot was also killed in the disaster. 


Address:Nar Nar Goon - Longwarry Road, Bunyip Recreation Reserve, Bunyip, 3815
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.099439
Long: 145.717602
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:29-December-1967
Actual Event End Date:29-December-1967


Front Inscription

Erected by citizens of the District

To the memory of five Bunyip sportsmen killed in an air disaster at Daly Waters N.T.

29th December 1967.

Michael Breheny   27 years
Noel Heatley         34 years
Peter Kay              27 years
Donald Smith         25 years
Barry Sullivan        23 years

Source: MA
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