On the night of June 9, 1979 a fire on the Ghost Train ride at Luna Park in Sydney killed seven people and changed the lives of a community forever.
The fire broke out on the popular tourist attraction about 10.45pm and took an hour to bring under control, as flames completely destroyed the ride.
Seven people lost their lives – one adult and six children – including a father and two sons and three students from Waverley Boys School.
On June 9, 1979 a fire on the Ghost Train ride at Luna Park in Sydney (pictured) killed seven people and changed the lives of a community forever
The fire (pictured) claimed the lives of adult John Godson, and six children – Damien Godson, Craig Godson, Richard Carroll, Michael Johnson, Jonathan Billings and Seamus Rahilly
A plaque with the names John Godson, Damien Godson, Craig Godson, Richard Carroll, Michael Johnson, Jonathan Billings and Seamus Rahilly remains at the site of the ride to this day.
While the cause of the fire is still unclear, even though some have blamed an electrical fault, it’s thought to have caused maximum damage from a combination of low water pressure, under-staffing at the park and inadequate coverage of the Ghost Train by the park’s fire hose system.
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Pictures of the scene after the fire show complete devastation – pieces of burnt and splintered wood scattered everywhere, with the ride destroyed.
The older brother of Richard Carroll, Paul Carroll, 52, spoke the Daily Mail Australia earlier this year about his brother’s death, and said he still keeps a photo of him on his desk.
Paul, who was 15 at the time, said that the family was very ‘close knit’ and that he and his brother had been ‘inseparable’.
Richard Carroll (pictured) was one of six children that died in the fire. His brother Paul Carroll, 52, who was 15 at the time, said their family still visits his grave regularly
Pictured are four of the children who died in the fire, including Richard Carroll (second from left). The cause of the fire is still unknown, but there is speculation is was an electrical fault
The Carroll family commemorate Richard’s death every day and visit his grave often.
A memorial park was opened to the public at Lavender Bay by North Sydney Council on 25 August 2007.
Art Barton Park also includes a memorial sculpture by cartoonist Michael Leunig.
The amusement park (pictured) was closed after the fire up until 1982 when it reopened undeer the name Harbourside Amusement Park
The Ghost Train ride was first built in 1931 at Luna Park Glenelg and transported to Milsons Point along with other rides to be assembled before Luna Park’s opening in 1935.
The fire closed Luna Park until 1982, when it reopened under a new name and new owners.
The incident occurred only two months after 13 people were injured on the Big Dipper when a steel runner came loose on a rollercoaster train on April 16.
A plaque with the victim’s names (pictured) was installed at the site of the Ghost Train ride and remains there today
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