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The monument commemorates four residents of the District of Lucindale who lost their lives in the Ash Wednesday bushfire in February 1983.

On February 16, 1983, fires fanned by winds up to 110 km/h caused widespread destruction across South Australia and Victoria. There were 28 deaths in South Australia -  14 in the Hills and another 14 in the south-east and 47 in Victoria.  Three CFS volunteers, Andrew Lemke from Lucindale, Peter Matthies from Summertown and Brian Nosworthy from Callendale lost their lives, along with 13 CFA (Country Fire Authority) volunteer fire-fighters. The fires were the deadliest bushfires in Australian history until the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.

The first fire was reported at 11:30 am at McLaren Flat, south of Adelaide. Within hours, multiple reports of breaking fires quickly began.  The total land area burnt was approximately 2,080 km² (513,979 acres, or 208,000 hectares) in South Australia and 2,100 km² (518,921 acres, or 210,000 hectares) in Victoria.  More than 300 homes were lost along with a hotel, a service station and 13 historic buildings.


Address:Musgrave Avenue, Lucindale, 5272
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.972328
Long: 140.366796
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:16-February-1983
Actual Event End Date:16-February-1983


Front Inscription

          Erected In Memory Of
The Four Residents Of The District
Of Lucindale Who Lost Their Lives
  In The Ash Wednesday Bush Fire
      16th February, 1983.

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