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TO be perfectly honest, Kirsty was one
of the most delightful young ladies that
anyone could ever possibly want to meet,
and I mean that in the sincerest way.
She was extremely positive about life,
she was very respectful and full of energy.
She had the total respect of her peer
group, certainly of the people who taught
her, and the wider community, and par-
ticularly those who she came into fairly
immediate contact with.
So in every sense, she was just delight-
ful. She had a really strong set of values,
was extremely well mannered and would
do anything for anyone at any time.
You couldn’t have wished to meet and
known a more warm, caring, delightful
Kirsty’s personality was infectious.
You hear about people who wouldn’t
have an enemy in the world, and that’s
a bit of a cliché, but everybody who met
Kirsty warmed to her immediately.
The other thing that I would mention is
her courage and strength as a swimmer.
She was an outstanding swimmer, and
that courage and strength, coupled with
her genuine care for those around her, has
become reflected in two ways, I think.
Firstly, her choice of career as a nurse
is very reflective of her caring for others.
But I hesitate to say, the manner in which
she lost her life was again not only reflec-
tive of her care of others, but her courage
and her strength as a person. So, just an out-
standing young woman, in every sense.
My heartfelt condolences clearly go out
to Kirsty’s immediate and extended fam-
ily as well, and I know I speak on behalf
of everybody who knew her.
- Kent Spangenberg,
former Loxton High School principal
KIRSTY was simply a beautiful
girl inside and out.
She was gentle, caring and
always had a smile on her face.
At Loxton Swimming Club
younger squad members and her
encouragement and support of
those children was admirable.
Despite her personal success
Kirsty was always so modest and
Another thing to be admired
was her willingness to go out
of her comfort zone to maxim-
ise her potential, firstly leaving
Loxton and moving to Adelaide
to pursue her swimming goals
and then heading to London for
her nursing career.
Kirsty has always displayed
courage and determination; it is
no surprise that she of all people
would respond instinctively to
provide assistance to someone
else in need.
The world is a poorer place
having lost Kirsty but we are bet-
ter people for having known and
- Jane Garrard,
former Loxton High School teacher
and Loxton Swimming Club member
THIS week, South Australians
learnt the heartbreaking
news that Kirsty Boden, a
much-loved member of our
community, was killed in the
Kirsty Boden was a beau-
tiful young woman from
Loxton who left South
Australia to explore the world
using her talents as a nurse to
care for others. She died doing
just that: trying to help others.
This is just so cruel. It’s so
wrong for someone so com-
passionate to be taken from
us by such an unspeakable act
Kirsty was just 28 years
old. She was a country girl, a
student at Loxton High School
and a boarder at Immanuel
College. She was a talented
swimmer and a member of the
Loxton Swimming Club.
Like so many South
Australians before her, she
wanted to explore the world.
Moving to London, where
she lived for the past three
years. It seems so cruel that
her adventure should end in
To Kirsty’s family, your
pain must be unbearable – but
I want you to know that you’re
in our thoughts and in our
prayers. The South Australian
community shares your heart-
break and offers its support to
you at this awful time.
To the Loxton community,
who has suffered so much loss
recently, we express our soli-
darity with you.
I’ve been contacted by
so many people who want
to share their love of Kirsty
and their overwhelming sad-
ness. I’ve been asked by the
vice chancellor of Flinders
University to express his sin-
cere condolences for the ter-
rible loss of a member of the
Flinders University family.
He wanted me to say these
“She was a much-loved
member of the Flinders
University community. Loved
by staff and students. She
was a high achiever, win-
ning the School of Nursing
and Midwifery Study Abroad
Scholarship in 2008, and
awarded membership of the
Golden Key Nursing Society
The Flinders University
community and, indeed, the
whole of the South Australian
community are incredibly
proud of Kirsty. In every-
thing she did, even in her last
moments, she made every-
My office has received
regular updates from the
Department of Foreign Affairs
and Trade since the week-
end. We’ve reached out to
Kirsty’s family and asked the
Commissioner for Victims’
Rights to provide them with
support at this terrible time.
We know that the family
has specifically asked for their
privacy to be respected, and we
should all respect those wishes.
At a personal level, I think
every one of us who has trav-
elled to London and perhaps
wandered across the London
Bridge or through the London
Borough Markets can just
appreciate how random this
attack is. It could have hap-
pened to every single one of
us. This is one of those events
that does touch the lives of
Every death is, of course,
a tragedy but this particular
event seems to touch us in a
particular way. A country girl
from South Australia dying
in an act of global terrorism
seems to reach into every sin-
gle one of our homes.
It’s an awful time for the
Riverland community, for the
South Australian community,
the Australian community, and
I think everyone in the world
shares in this grief.
- Jay Weatherill
‘Such a heartbreaking time for the Riverland’
‘Genuine care for those around her’
a hero to
TEACHER & SWIMMING
Kirsty – we
love you and
we will miss
- Kirsty’s family
Your tributes to Kirsty
So brave to run towards danger, so sad.
- Jacqui Gamertsfelder
A very tragic loss and whilst I didn’t know her, Kirsty had
a purity of spirit and carried out bravely to do what she
thought was right, even in the face of danger. Sympathies
to her family and friends. You won’t be forgotten Kirsty and
you will always be an inspiration – RIP.
- Grant Semmens
What a courageous, brave, selfless human being.
May you RIP beautiful girl. You didn’t deserve this.
- Naomi Le Breton
Condolences to family at this tragic time. Australia is think-
ing of you all.
- Jacqueline Galvin
Our thoughts are with you, just so sad.
- Donna Coats
Deepest sympathy to Ken, Tina and Chris. Kirsty was a
beautiful girl, always smiling. Kirsty was a very lucky lady
to have lovely family that supported her with her swimming
career and through to become a caring nurse.
- Marianne Jachmann
Condolences to Kirsty’s family, friends and work col-
leagues. Our thoughts are with you at this very sad and
emotional time. Kirsty will always be in your hearts and
memories watching over you all. Taken too soon.
- Nancy Lancaster
It sickens me that this girl’s compassion and bravery got
her killed.... speechless.
- Brett Custance
Completely devastated, one of the nicest people with a
gorgeous smile and infectious laugh. I will never forget our
uni days and the laughs we had driving there in ‘Pinky’. We
called you ‘little one’ because you were the youngest, but
little was by far the opposite to how you lived your life and
how big your heart was. RIP beautiful girl. Deepest sympa-
thy to the Boden family.
- Kelly Moore
Deepest sympathy to the Boden family. My happy memo-
ries of her was when she was the star swimmer for the
Loxton Swimming Club, you could tell from a young age that
she would succeed in anything that she put her mind to.
RIP, Kirsty you truly are a beautiful girl taken way too soon.
- Teresa Reichstein
Deepest sympathy to Ken, Tina and Chris. Very sad and
such a brave thing to help others while facing danger her-
self. RIP Kirsty.
- Dawn Symons
Very sad. Thoughts to the family.
- Michael Pinyon
This wonderful young lady is the exact opposite of the gut-
less scum who carried out the attack. She makes me even
more proud to be Australian.
- Jim William James Cowin
RIP Kirsty you will be sadly missed. I just loved everything
about you your smile, your giggles and most of all I loved
how you were just you. Always would do that bit extra for
everyone. It doesn’t surprise me that you still thought of
other’s before yourself. Loved working with you years ago.
You deserve a bravery award. Thinking of Ken, Tina, Chris
- Fiona Thompson
As a RN and midwife who also worked in the U.K . Early in
my career - I feel absolute sorrow for Kirsty and her fam-
ily - I’m sure every Aussie nurse who’s made that trip and
walked her shoes feels the same. She should be honoured
with a Florence Nightingale medal or military medal as war
nurses throughout history have been - as this is the war on
terror - fly high beautiful angel.
- Merridy Crook
As a fellow nurse and ex- Riverlander, my heart goes out
to Kirsty’s family and friends. My thoughts are with all who
knew and loved her.
- Judith Hartwig Zughbi
Rest in peace, Kirsty. What a brave and compassionate
- Donna Marie Briese
Prayers and thoughts to her family.
- Irene Sander
Many of us have or have had daughters living and work-
ing in London and this tragedy has really hit home. It is
so unfair. So unnecessary. Our thoughts are with Kirsty’s
- Jacque Zagotsis
Terrible news out of London. My thoughts are with the
Boden family at this difficult time. The tight knit Loxton
community is in shock but will support each other through
- Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone
My thoughts and prayers are with the Boden family at what
I can only imagine is a time of unbearable loss.
- Member for Barker Tony Pasin
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