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Childers Backpacker Hostel Fire 10th Anniversary

Families, friends and survivors joined the people of Childers in rural Queensland, Australia, to commemorate the lives of 15 young backpackers who died tragically ten years ago in a fire.

Before dawn on the 23rd June 2000 a fire broke out in the historic Palace Building which was occupied as a backpackers' hostel for seasonal fruitpickers.  Young people travelling from all over the world were staying there.

Sheila and George Webb travelled from the UK to remember their beloved daughter daughter Claire.  Richard Tempest spoke on behalf of survivors who had come to pay tribute.  The High Commissioner of Britain Baroness Valerie Amos was among the dignitories at the commemoration.

Artists Sam di Mauro and Josonia Palaitis who in 2002 created the artworks for the Memorial Room at the Palace Building returned to Childers from Brisbane and Sydney respectively.

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Below: Artist Josonia Palaitis and Baroness Valerie Amos at the the Childers Memorial.

"Taking a Break in the Field"  by  Josonia Palaitis


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