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18-May-2017 (Ian Bevege)
18-May-2017 (Ian Bevege)

Photographs supplied by Glen Yeomans / Ian Bevege

The lookout commemorates the pilot, co-pilot and all six passengers who were killed when the aeroplane crashed, and also acknowledges the changes made to Australian aviation laws due to the accident. The Tooma Road lookout offers panoramic views of the Maragle Valley and pinpoints the exact crash site of the Southern Cloud. 

The crash of the Southern Cloud on 21 March 1931 was Australia`s first commercial air disaster. The Southern Cloud, crashed on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne in 1931, killing the two crew and six passengers on board. Although its wreckage was not discovered for 27 years, the disappearance of the Southern Cloud prompted an investigating committee to advise that all passenger aircraft should be equipped with two-way radios.

In addition, ground radio stations should be established to communicate with the planes and to monitor progress towards their destinations.


Address:Tooma Road, Bald Hill (5kms from Tooma), Tooma, 2642
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.941917
Long: 148.0806
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:21-March-1931
Actual Event End Date:21-March-1931


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 15th March, 2008
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au