Tragically, on 26 January 1971 following a torrential downpour, 7 young people lost their lives.

The Woden area was subjected to widespread flooding, it was particularly bad around the Melrose Drive, Yamba Drive and Yarra Glenn intersection.

A small group of locals and Woden Police struggled to rescue people trapped and swept away. While many were saved, at the end of the night, seven people had lost their lives.
Mona and Ben Smith of Lyons lost 3 children Carmel (19), Margaret (15) and Michael (6). In the same car, their cousins Jennifer (12) and Dianne Seymour (8) from Wangaratta also lost their lives. The other victims were Lon Cumberland (18) and Roderick Simon (20).

Please join us at 7pm on Tuesday 26 January 2021 at the Flood Memorial in Curtin to remember the tragic loss of these young lives.

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