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The sculptured wall commemorates the 40th anniversary of the February 1967 bushfires.

The 1967 Tasmanian fires were an Australian natural disaster which occurred on 7 February 1967, an event which became known as the Black Tuesday bushfires. They were the most deadly bushfires that Tasmania has ever experienced, leaving 62 people dead, 900 injured and over seven thousand homeless.

In Middleton, many people including children were forced to stand in the water for hours while fires raged around them.  All the churches, the General Store, the Community Hall and jetty were destroyed as were many homes and outbuildings


Address:Channel Highway & Beach Road, Middleton, 7163
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -43.232268
Long: 147.253777
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:07-February-1967
Actual Event End Date:07-February-2007
Designer:Norbert Villy


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 11th February, 2007
Front Inscription
1967 Bushfires
Left Side Inscription

Tuesday 7 February 1967

A day of terror, loss, suffering, grief.

And a triumph of the human spirit for the Middleton and Gordon communities

Right Side Inscription

This memorial marking the fortieth anniversary of the devastating bushfires of 1967 was dedicated by Lara Giddings MHA and unveiled by Dorothy Rawnsley on 2 February 2007

This commemorative wall was an initiative of the South Channel Ratepayers Association Inc.

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