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The monument commemorates Katie Bender who lost her life during the demolition of the Royal Canberra Hospital on Acton Peninsula in 1997.

Katie Bender died at about 1.30pm on Sunday, 13th July 1997 when she was struck in the head by a fragment of steel expelled from one or other of the corner columns on the face of the East Wing of the Main Tower Block of Royal Canberra Hospital situated on Acton Peninsula.

Katie Bender was with her parents in a crowd estimated to be in excess of 100,000 spectators gathered on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin to watch the demolition by implosion of the Main Tower Block and Sylvia Curley House. Katie was standing on the grass nature strip just down from Lennox Gardens when hit with the missile and died instantly.


Address:Lawson Crescent, Lake foreshore, behind National Museum , Acton, 2601
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.292613
Long: 149.122227
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:13-July-1997
Actual Event End Date:13-July-1997


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 13th July, 2007
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Katie Bender

18 September 1984 - 13 July 1997

This memorial forever honours the life of Katie Bender who died in a tragic accident as a result of the implosion of the Royal Canberra Hospital, which once stood on this site

Always loved and never forgotten 

13 July 2007


Source: MA
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