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The plaque commemorates the victims of the Luna Park Ghost Train Fire of 1979.

In June 1979, seven people, a male adult and six boys (including a father and his 2 sons), aged from 13 to 4 years, died from carbon monoxide poisoning and/or burns accidentally received when the Ghost Train (which contained the amusement ride) building caught fire. The cause of the fire was unknown.

Evidence showed that a number of passengers on the ride detected a smell of smoke five minutes or more before the fire was discovered but took no action, thinking it might have been one of the Ghost Train`s special effects. One effect of the winding course of the track was to disorient (ride) passengers. The Ghost Train operated in darkness. There was no emergency lighting system installed or maintained.


Address:1 Olympic Drive, Luna Park Wall, near Box Office, Milsons Point, 2061
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.84768
Long: 151.209941
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event STart Date:09-June-1979
Actual Event End Date:09-June-1979


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 28th March, 2004
Front Inscription

This building stands on the site of `The Ghost Train`, destroyed by fire on the night of Saturday 9 June 1979 with the loss of seven lives.

John Godson        b. 2.8.1949
Damien Godson   b. 15.4.1973
Craig Godson       b. 15.12.1974
Richard Carroll      b. 18.4.1966
Michael Johnson   b. 20.8.1965
Jonathan Billings   b. 5.12.1965
Seamus Rahilly     b. 7.9.1965

They are remembered

Dedicated 28th March 2004


Source: ACPH, MA
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