ARTC supports historic Southern Aurora memorial

In November 2021 ARTC was proud to be involved in the official opening of a new memorial garden in Violet Town.

December 1, 2021

ARTC staff and local dignitaries unveil plaque

The story of the Southern Aurora train crash in 1969 was one of tragic loss of-life, but also one of the bravery and community spirit of the people of Violet Town more than 50 years ago, who jumped in to help without a moment of question.

ARTC’s General Manager Projects Victoria and South Australia, Ed Walker said the development of the memorial will provide an appropriate legacy to the disaster.

“We are proud to support this important community-driven project through funding and rail materials for the memorial’s garden, which included reclaimed track and sleepers,” Mr Walker said.

“Initiatives such as this show the community’s true spirit: a true testament to the resilience and character of the town in memory of this tragic event.”

ARTC’s Supporting Local Communities Grant helped co-fund the memorial’s garden.

Visit the Violet Town website to find out more about the Southern Aurora Memorial.

Image: From left, Loch Cumming, Chris Raeburn (Strathbogie Council Mayor), Ian Aitkin (Southern Aurora Memorial Committee), Ed Walker (ARTC) and Helen Haines MP (right).

December 1, 2021