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The monument commemorates six railway workers who were killed in a tunnel collapse in January 1928. It is part of a commemorative picnic table near the western end of Belair station.  

Six railway workers were entombed when tonnes of earth and stone fell on a gang of workmen between Blackwood and Belair, in the Adelaide Hills. They were demolishing the tunnel at Belair’s Overway Bridge, near Pinera Station, when it caved in. The tunnel was being demolished to make way for a double rail line.

On the night of the accident, reports said there was a lot of rain and the embankment slid in and collapsed. Vibration caused by traffic on nearby Main Road may have been a contributing factor in dislodging the embankment.


Address:Sheoak Road , Belair Railway Station, Belair, 5052
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.998301
Long: 138.632593
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:31-January-1928
Actual Event End Date:31-January-1928


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 22nd May, 2010
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au