Page Family Grave - SA

  Cemetery,Grave Site


DEG: -26.58886 139.639694
DMS: 26º 35' 19.89" S 139º 38' 22.9" E
UTM: 54 J 7058381mN 364542mE
Altitude: 29.8m


Place Type

Heritage - Cemetery,Grave Site


929.94kms North of Adelaide - Driving 1083 km (16 hours 17 mins)

Address & Contact

Birdsville Track
Innamincka SA 5731
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A
Web: N/A


This memorial commemorates the Page Family who perished on the Birdsville track in 1963. A memorial headstone was erected at the gravesite by family members in 2010.

On 21 December 1963 the Page family set out from Marree in a heat wave to drive to Birdsville, but apparently lost the track. On 28 December their abandoned car was found, with a note that said they had run out of petrol and were walking south. On New Years Day 1964 a light aircraft pilot spotted the family lying dead under a small tree by the dry Coocherapoonie waterhole. The five family members were buried together by the coolibah tree.

The Page family made several fundamental mistakes; setting out in a heavily loaded car on uncertain roads in hot weather, not carrying enough fuel or water, and not telling anyone where they were going or when to expect them. Finally, they left their car and set off to walk in conditions that meant certain death.

Police believe the Page family of five died of thirst on Boxing Day 1963, surviving only 48 hours after they walked away from their Ford V8 and trailer on Christmas Eve near Deadmans Sandhill.

More details may be found here
iMapPlot Reference Image


Working on it...

Get Traveller App Get the ExplorOz Traveller App to download all ExplorOz Places for navigational use on your tablet, phone, iPad or laptop.
Download Place
Use this download for GPX, Hema Navigator and OziExplorer. Geo data only no map included.

TrekNotes Near This Place (2)



Closest Weather Station

Birdsville at 27/11:30pm EST
Distance from Page Family Grave 82.17km N
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Birdsville Airport
Distance from Page Family Grave 82.17km N
Mean Max. °C40.
Mean Min. °C26.424.721.717.
Mean Rain mm20.933.

Update History

Comments & Reviews(6) Rating 4/5

Post a Comment
Add Photos & Files
Alert Admin Open in Traveller App

Sponsored Links

Popular Products (9)