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The monument commemorates those who lost their lives in the sinking of the asylum seeker boat, SIEV 221.

On 15 December 2010, a boat carrying around 90 asylum seekers, mostly from Iraq and Iran, sank off the coast of Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, killing 48 people aboard; 42 survivors were rescued. The boat was later named SIEV-221.

Note: Suspected Irregular Entry Vessel (SIEV) was the operational term used by the Australian Defence Force and Australian Coastwatch for maritime vessels which appear to be attempting to reach Australia clandestinely.


Address:Jalan Patai Road, Smith Point, Tai Jin House, Christmas Island, 6798
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -10.428664
Long: 105.664874
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:15-December-2010
Actual Event End Date:15-December-2010


Front Inscription

SIEV 221
15 December 2010

We will reflect on this day with sadness.  The loss of each person`s life diminishes our own because we are part of humankind.

As you read this please remember all asylum seekers who have attempted this treacherous journey

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