Photos: Strathbogie Council
More than 150 people attended the vigil service this morning commemorating the crash.
A bell was struck to remember each of the 9 people who sadly passed away as a result of the tragedy.
We thank those who made the early morning trip to the crash site.
A reminder, our official program can be found here for the rest of the weekend's activities and events. The garden will be officially opened on Sunday at 10am.
For more information please visit www.southernauroraviolettown.com.au
Member for Indi Cathy McGowan dropped in to see the progress on the commemoration gardens.
The Helping Hands garden is a way of signifying how people stepped forward to help each other, whether women or men, staff or passengers, whether voluntary or paid, or whether local or from far away.
Everyone did what they could.
Attending on the day information here
Ian MacDougall from Canberra will be attending and preforming his song ‘Violet Town’ written in the early 1970’s about the tragedy and the contribution of locals.
Ian will play both on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
We are pleased to announce the first ambulance to arrive at the Southern Aurora crash in 1969 will be attending for the vintage emergency vehicles parade (from Sydney)
Now to find others! Local fire trucks on farms? Any ideas? So many came..
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$100,000 announced by Jaclyn Symes MLC today towards the Southern Aurora Commemoration gardens, paths, info etc. VERY exciting.
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Nathan and his team from ARTC kindly volunteered their time and muscle to assemble the rails and sleepers for our Aurora Carriage, thanks heaps fellas.
Volunteers rule the world!!
Great news to announce that VLine has donated a Southern Aurora sleeper Twinette carriage to our Memorial Gardens.
The VLine Board agreed recently to give it to the community. After transport, cleanup and initial restoration work can be arranged, the shiny stainless steel carriage will be a major feature in time for the events and formally 'launched,' along with the whole garden space near the Violet Town station on Sunday Feb 10.
For those who know about these things it is NAM 2337, built c1960 in Sydney, into service from 1962, a Twinette Sleeper Car, not involved in the collision.