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Bushfire Monument
Bushfire Monument

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The memorial commemorates the community assistance in the area to victims of the 1977 bushfire in the Pura Pura and Derrinallum districts. 

The Dromana firefighters suggested the idea of a memorial and provided a large slab of Dromana rock to be the "heart" of the memorial. 85 of the 95 property owners who were affected by the fire contributed to the plaque. Mr Keith May of Derrinallum devised the wording on the plaque.

In February 1977, bushfires saw farms, houses and township properties in the Rokewood, Cressy, Mingay-Lismore, Pura Pura and Derrinallum areas affected. Five people, 190000 sheep and 3300 cattle were killed while 2 million bales of hay, 79 houses, and 3800 kilometres of fencing were destroyed.


Address:Hamilton Highway, Between Walker and Ligar Streets , Derrinallum, 3325
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.948039
Long: 143.22375
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:12-February-1977
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Actual Event End Date:12-February-1977
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Approx. Monument Dedication Date:February-1978
Front Inscription

Erected By The Victims Of The
Disastrous Fires Of 12th February 1977
In The Pura Pura Derrinallum Districts.

To Gratefully Acknowledge The
Magnificent Community Assistance In The
Recovery Of The Area, And To Recognise
The State Wide Assistance Of Voluntary
Labour, Donations Of Fodder And Gifts
Of Many Kinds.

The Good Which Comes Out Of Evil

Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au