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This website has been produced by request from and for the relatives, survivors and rescuers in order to provide vital information about the Granville Train Disaster. It is also for the purpose of reuniting those wishing to make contact with others. The minutes of a meeting in March 2011 record the necessity for a book to be written about the disaster in time for the 35th Anniversary. Stories were compiled and the book, 35 Years of Memories, was written and self-published by Barry Gobbe with the financial assistance of survivors and rescuers. The aim was to record this important but sad part of Australia's history for current and future generations. A second book was released in 2015, Revisiting the Granville Train Disaster of 1977, which included more stories and information which became available after exhaustive research after being joined by technical adviser Vaughan Williamson. This book has given a voice to the families, survivors and rescuers who tell their stories of 18 January 1977 and the days, months and years that followed. These are stories which deserve to be told and Australians are richer for hearing them. The accounts are a powerful tribute to the bravery and selfless deeds of the rescuers and others in the face of unimaginable trauma. They are also a testament to the courage and resilience of the Australian spirit in overcoming adversity. Many copies of the book have been donated to schools, institutions and libraries throughout Australia. No profit has been gained from either book, however, we were delighted when Graham McNiece Productions decided to make the first ever documentary drawing on our historical data base. This book re-examines the factual data which until now has never been questioned.
Meredith Knight JP