Mount Torbreck

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Mount Torbreck
Mount-torbreck-summit-cairn.JPG
The summit cairn on Mount Torbreck in early winter
Elevation 1,516 m (4,974 ft)
Location
Location Victoria, Australia
Range Great Dividing Range
Coordinates 37°22′S 145°56′E / 37.367°S 145.933°E / -37.367; 145.933
Climbing
First ascent Unknown
Easiest route Hike

Mount Torbreck is a mountain (elevation 1516 metres) in Victoria, Australia 150 km from Melbourne. The mountain was listed as a place that could be declared as an alpine resort in The Alpine Resorts Act 1983, however no resort was ever developed on the site and it was recommended to be changed to a natural and scenic features reserve in 1994.[1]

Mount Torbreck was the site of a plane crash involving RAAF A4-4 Avro Anson call sign 8BNA on the 16th of May 1940. The RAAF conducted an extensive search but could not locate the plane. The wreck and bodies of, Flying Officer Anthony Ashby Daniel 243 and Corporals Francis Ettiene Hyland 3515, Herman Fred Sass 2560 and Ivan Lapen Stowdor 2474 were found by two high country bushmen the following year in January 1941. A memorial dedicated to those four men was established at the crash site in the mid 1960's at the instigation of the Hyland family.

After decades of dense forest regrowth from bushfires, the memorials location had almost been forgotten about until 2013 when a group of volunteers had dedicated their time to restoring it and the 2.4 km access track to it. As of the 23rd of August 2014 for the first time in decades the memorial is now accessible from the intersection of Barnewall Plains & Torbreck Rds [2]

Mount Torbreck viewed from Maroondah Highway

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External links[edit]

  • Notes for the Mt Torbreck walking track
  • [1] Factsheet of Avro Anson Plane Crash and Memorial - author David Hibbert c/o Artworkz
  • [2] Article 1 on memorial restoration - author David Hibbert c/o Artworkz
  • [3] Article 2 on memorial restoration - author David Hibbert c/o Artworkz
  • [4] Article 3 on memorial restoration - author David Hibbert c/o Artworkz
  • [5] Article 4 on memorial restoration - author David Hibbert c/o Artworkz


Coordinates: 37°22′S 145°56′E / 37.367°S 145.933°E / -37.367; 145.933