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26-February-2021
26-February-2021

Photographs supplied by Stephen Langman

The cross commemorates the Page Family who perished on the Birdsville track in 1963.  A memorial headstone was erected at the gravesite by family members in 2010.

On 21 December 1963 the Page family set out from Marree in a heat wave to drive to Birdsville, but apparently lost the track. On 28 December their abandoned car was found, with a note that said they had run out of petrol and were walking south. On New Years Day 1964 a light aircraft pilot spotted the family lying dead under a small tree by the dry Coocherapoonie waterhole. The five family members were buried together by the coolibah tree.

The Page family made several fundamental mistakes; setting out in a heavily loaded car on uncertain roads in hot weather, not carrying enough fuel or water, and not telling anyone where they were going or when to expect them. Finally, they left their car and set off to walk in conditions that meant certain death. Police believe the Page family of five died of thirst on Boxing Day 1963, surviving only 48 hours after they walked away from their Ford V8 and trailer on Christmas Eve near Deadmans Sandhill.

Location

Address:Birdsville Track, Approximately 100 kilometres down the track from Birdsville, Clifton Hills
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.58886
Long: 139.639694
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Cross
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy
Approx. Event Start Date:December-1963
Approx. Event End Date:December-1963

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1963
Front Inscription

" The Pages perished Dec 1963"

Plaque :

In memory of the Page family who perished here December 1963

Ernest and Emma
Both Aged 45 years

And their sons

Robert    Aged 19 years
Douglas  Aged 12 years
Gordon   Aged 10 years

Survived by their daughter & sister Judith Page (20. 9. 1941 - 4. 6. 2005)

This memorial erected by her vhildren Michael, Ian & Avril

2010

Source: MA
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