Deceased Workers Memorial Forest

Deceased Workers Memorial Forest

The Deceased Workers Memorial Forest celebrates the lives of people who died as a result of workplace incidents.

The trees planted represent workers who died on site, from injury or illness due to work, transport deaths and work-related suicide.

Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson, head of the Work Injured Resource Connection, started the forest in 2003 in the Adelaide Park Lands near Bonython Park as a way of remembering her brother, who died at work in 1969.

Every year since 2003 on International Day of Mourning (28th April) more trees are planted to represent the number of workplace deaths for the previous calendar year.

Whilst the reason for the Forest is workplace deaths, the Forest is a happy place where families of those who have died can hold celebrations such as birthdays and weddings - as a way of connecting with deceased relatives.

Inter-state and overseas visitors are now very common to the Deceased Workers Memorial Forest.

More information is available on the Monument Australia website.