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The plaque commemorates ten Tarrawingee Brigade members who were killed in bushfires in 1943 prior to the formation of the Country Fire Authority (CFA).

On 22 December 1943, high temperatures and hot north-westerly winds combined to create a raging fire at Bowser by the Hume Highway which saw volunteer firefighters immediately respond from all directions.

The fire quickly burned its way towards Tarrawingee where firefighters and their trucks had lined up to battle the blaze. Suddenly the wind changed direction with the fire moving south, taking the lives of eight men and two young boys in what remains one of the greatest loss of firefighters in the line of duty in Victoria’s history.


Address:4549 Geelong - Ballan Road, Fiskville CFA Memorial Wall, Fiskville, 3342
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.682529
Long: 144.225992
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 3rd May, 2009
Source: MA
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