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The monument commemorates those who were involved in the Victorian bushfires of 2009.  In 2011, the City of Whittlesea’s Bushfires Memorial Working Group selected Toorourrong Reservoir as a site for a memorial to remember the impact of the Victorian bushfires on the local community.

The monument comprises a reflective garden space with plaques and information. Situated on the edge of the pond, the design is based on a seed-pod with two granite stone walls enclosing granite seats representing seeds dispersing out of the pod and into the pond, symbolising new life and regeneration.

It commemorates 35 people who lost their lives, and who had strong connections to the Whittlesea area. A ‘narrative wall’ presents themes of fire, loss and the community spirit through image and text, while a ‘memorial wall’ is dedicated to remembering loved ones lost in the fire. The Word Weavers Group provided some of the wording.

The 2009 Victorian Bushfires brought devastation and destruction on a scale never before experienced in modern Australia. The “Black Saturday” firestorm claimed a harrowing 173 lives, destroyed over 1,800 homes and burned more than 400,000 hectares of regional Victoria’s landscape.


Address:Jack`s Creek Road, Toorourrong Reservoir Park , Whittlesea, 3757
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.476609
Long: 145.150559
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Designer:Hatching Studios Pty. Ltd (concept), Urban Initiatives (detailed design)
Monument Manufacturer:Evergreen Civil Pty Ltd.


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 24th October, 2015
Left Side Inscription

A Reflective Space In
Memory Of The Tragedies Of
 Black Saturday
February 7, 2009


Back Inscription

Taken From Us
We Respect
We Remember


Adrian Brown 33 years
Mirrabelle Brown 30 years
Eric Brown 8 years
Matthew Brown 7 years
Brielle Brown 3 years

Brian Naylor 78 years
Moiree Naylor 78 years

Barry Johnston 59 years
David Stokes 64 years
Gavin Russell Dunn 39 years
Robert John Davey 36 years
Natasha Jane Davey 33 years
Jorja Trinity Davey 3 years
Alexis Grace Davey 8 months
Debbie O`Shea 38 years
Graham O`Shea 37 years
Trey O` Shea 10 years
Lyric O`Shea 8 years
Leslie Maree Leahy 39 years
Kiona Isobel Gibson 4 years
Jye Vincent Gibson 3 years
Ava Beverley Gibson 22 months
The Rolands Family 
Paul 42 years
Karen 40 years
Caitlin 14 years
Nicola 12 years
Allan O` Gorman 55 years
Carolyn O` Gorman 50 years
Stuart O`Gorman 18 years
David Lee Holcombe 61 years
Carol Joy Holcombe 55 years
Melanie Chambers 23 years
Penny Chambers 21 years
Lloyd Martin 63 years
Mary Martin considerably younger



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Bushfire Memorial 
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