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Newcastle Earthquake : 31- August-2014
Newcastle Earthquake : 31- August-2014

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The plaque commemorates nine people who were killed during the Newcastle earthquake on 28 December 1989.

At 10:27am on 28 December 1989, Newcastle was devastated by a ML 5.6 (Richter Scale) earthquake. At the time it was the most serious natural disaster in Australia’s history, leaving a damages bill of $4 billion; injuring more than 160 people and claiming 13 lives. The city was thrown into chaos immediately following the earthquake. Office workers poured out of buildings and onto the rubble-strewn footpaths as police cordoned off city roads and evacuated buildings in the central business district. Partially collapsed shops and homes lined the streets and major hospitals sustained serious damage causing disruption to medical services. Also damaged beyond repair was the Newcastle Workers Club, the scene of nine of the thirteen deaths.

The Newcastle Workers Club was rebuilt on the site and officially opened by the Prime Minister Paul Keating on the 2nd July 1992. It is now the Newcastle Panthers Club.


Address:King & Union Streets , Panthers Newcastle Club, Newcastle West, 2302
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.928431
Long: 151.76695
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:28-December-1989
Actual Event End Date:28-December-1989


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1992
Left Side Inscription

Newcastle Workers Club

On 28 December 1989 an earthquake struck Newcastle & severely damaged Newcastle Workers Club

Nine people lost their lives & many suffered as a result of the earthquake


Right Side Inscription

In memory of

Albert Bender
Carol Coxhell 
Miriam Duffy
Verlina March 
Leonard Norris
John O`Shanassy
Barry Spark
Peggy Stone
Eileen Werren


Source: MA,ACPH
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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