• Memorial garden officially opened at Violet Town

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    HALF A CENTURY ON: Hundreds of people gathered to remember the nine lives lost in the 1969 Southern Aurora train crash, commemorating 50 years since the tragedy last Thursday. See story and more pictures on page 2. PHOTO: Dale Mann

    AS the sun rose at the rail tracks on McDiarmids Road in Violet Town at around 6.30am on Thursday morning, hundreds of people gathered to remember the nine lives lost in the 1969 tragedy, the Southern Aurora train crash.

    With 50 years passed, some travelled from far to remember their lost loved ones, returning back to the site for the very first time, whilst others came more locally to remember the heroic actions of both their friends and family members on that day.

    It was a still morning and one that many said resembled a similar feel to the morning of the crash.

    Federal MP Damian Drum, Mayor Amanda McClaren, Reverend Michelle Wood and shire president at the time of the crash Pam Robinson all spoke to the crowd, offering their words of gratitude for the tireless work on the day and also commemorating the lives that were lost.

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