"Larpent" Memorial TabletPrint Page
Marble tablet unveiled by surviving passengers of the Larpent which landed in Corio Bay in 1849. The tablet records the act of kindness shown by the Reverend Francis Tuckfield his wife who cared for some of the passengers who were suffering from fever.
The "Larpent" was an immigrant ship which landed in Corio Bay in 1849 with 210 passengers after a voyage of 91 days from England. The emigrant's were part of Dr Lang's scheme for colonisation in Western Victoria. many of them settled in the Larpent district which was named after the ship.
The proposal made by Mr. James Oddie at the recent reunion of Larpent survivors to erect a memorial in the Yarra street Methodist Church in recognition of the services rendered to the immigrants by Rev. Francis Tuckfield will shortly be given effect to.
Camperdown Chronicle, 22nd July 1905
|Address:||Yarra Street, Wesley Uniting Church, Geelong, 3220|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -38.150855|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1849|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1905|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1906|
" On the 28 June 1849 the Good Ship "Larpent" arrived in Corio Bay from London having fever on board. The late Rev. Francis Tuckfield then pastor of the Uniting Church visited the ship and saw the state of the passengers. As Good Samaritans he and his noble wife generously received a number of the sick into their home and in divine ways strewed on their paths garlands of Faith, Hope and Charity. At the 56th anniversary of their landing, the surviving passengers advised the erection of this tablet to record the Christly act."
James Oddie, Benjamin Bonney, passengers, William Williams, pastor, 1906.