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The seat commemorates the nine people who died in the Black Tuesday bushfire in January 2005.

Plaques in memory of the victims are located on a small concrete wall near the seat. 

In January 2005, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, was the scene of a devastating bushfire in which nine people were killed and at least 113 injured. It was one of Australia’s worst bushfires since the Ash Wednesday fires of 1983. The fire began in farmland north of the town of Wangary and spread to the east. Eight people, including four children, died in their cars as they tried to flee the firestorm. A local schoolteacher also died when flames engulfed the Shell Museum at North Shields, near Port Lincoln.


Address:Flinders Highway, Wangary Oval, Wangary, 5607
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.539129
Long: 135.478589
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Seat
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:11-January-2005
Actual Event End Date:11-January-2005


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 11th January, 2006
Front Inscription

This bench seat is dedicated to the memory of the nine people who lost their lives during the devastating bushfire of
11th January 2005

Plaque :

Helen Castle

Plaque :

Graham Joseph Russell - Kay
Zoe Russell - Kay

Plaque :

Jody Kay

Plaque :

Star Ellen Borlase
Jack Morley Borlase

Plaque :

Judith Griffith

Plaque :

Neil Richardson

Plaque :

Trent Murnane


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