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13-October-2017 (John Huth)
13-October-2017 (John Huth)

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The monument commemorates the victims of the Cowper Bus Crash in 1989. A plaque was added in 2014 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the crash. 

In October 1989, a semi-trailer laden with cans of fruit juice drifted to the wrong side of the Pacific Highway and ripped the side from a Sunliner coach heading in the opposite direction. Twenty people died as a result and at the time it was Australia`s worst road accident.


Address:Clarence Street, Cowper, 2460
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.568407
Long: 153.085095
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Land Transport
Actual Event Start Date:20-October-1989
Actual Event End Date:20-October-1989


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 20th October, 2009
Front Inscription

This memorial is dedicated to those who died in the bus accident near this site on the 20th October 1989

Angus Bristow                         Martin Ormesher
Anit Gwendoline Elloy             Jannine Ormesher
Alwyn Fenton                          Jennifer Maree Smedley
Cecilia Monica Howard            Kelly Anne Watson
David Kevin Hutchins               Robert Westlake
William Liddy                            Winifred Westlake
Vicke-Lea McGrath                  Norman Arthur White
Leslie Ormesher                       Elizabeth Ann Wisely            
Gavin Edward Ormersher        Shaun Craig Wisely
Nadine Ormesher                     Pauline Elizabeth Zammit nee. Liddy

The Clarence Valley Community expresses its heartfelt appreciation to all those individuals and organisations that helped at the collision site on  that day and in the aftermath

Erected by Clarence Valley Council and Maclean Lion`s Club
20th October 2009

Plaque :

This plaque marks the 25th anniversary of the tragic Cowper bus crash.  Despite the passing of time, the thoughts and prayers of the people of  the Clarence Valley remain with all those who suffered.

Richie Williamson Mayor, Clarence Valley Council

20 October 2014

Inscription in Proximity

In loving memory of those who lost their lives in the Cowper bus crash

20th October 1989


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