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Ash Wednesday Memorial Park : 20-February-2013
Ash Wednesday Memorial Park : 20-February-2013

Photographs supplied by Scott Cunningham

A park commemorates the people who lost their lives in the Ash Wednesday bushfires of February 1983.  21 lives and 186 homes and other buildings were lost in this community.

On February 16, 1983, 75 people died when fires swept through communities in Victoria and South Australia. Thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed. For many of those who lost loved ones, life has been a struggle ever since.

The town of Upper Beaconsfield, in the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne, was one of the hardest hit. In near 40 degrees Celsius heat, strong winds whipped up a huge fire that surged through the tinder dry bushland to the west of the town. 

A dozen volunteer firefighters were among those killed. Their trucks were unable to protect them from the intense heat. 21 lives were lost at Upper Beaconsfield that night : 12 firefighters and nine residents. 


Address:Salisbury Road, Ash Wednesday Memorial Park, Beaconsfield Upper, 3808
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.005398
Long: 145.411423
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:16-February-1983
Actual Event End Date:16-February-1983


Front Inscription

This park is a memorial to those who lost their lives as a result of the "Ash Wednesday" bushfires in Upper Beaconsfield 16 February 1983.


Betty Adamson                   Allison Medwin

Lionel Stephens                  Kerry Medwin

Margaret Stephens              Dorothy Bredin

Chris Griffiths                      Kathleen Andrews

                                            Shirley Thomson

Narre Warren Rural Fire Brigade             Panton Hill Rural Fire Brigade                                

John Minett                                              Bill Marsden

Dorothy Balcombe                                    Peter Singleton

Lloyd Donovan                                          Maurice Atkinson

Murray Forsythe                                        Stuart Duff

Neil Henry                                                 Neville Jeffery

Darrell Wilkes

Casual Firefighter  
Keith Busbridge


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