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Memorial tablet erected by public subscription commemorates all those who were involved in the rescue of survivors from the Admella shipwreck in 1859. The inscription on the tablet was composed by Mr Mossman and revised by Professor Irving. The cost of the table was approximatley 200 guineas.

An almost forgotten deed of heroism is commemorated by this 10ft. by 5ft. tablet in the  Sailors' Home, Siddeley street, near Flinders street extension. Originally hung in the Long Room at the Customs House it tells of the wreck of the coastal steamer Admella on the Carpenter Rocks, Cape Northumberland, while on a voyage from Adelaide to Melbourne on August 6, 1859. Rescuers from Adelaide, Portland, and Melbourne had to work at great risk for several days, and the feat so stirred public imagination that a public fund was raised for the memorial.
The Argus (Melbourne), 22nd June 1940.

 

 

 

Location

Address:Lee Breakwater Road , Portland Maritime Discovery Centre, Portland, 3305
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.346194
Long: 141.607574
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Maritime
Monument Designer:Messrs Marsh & Grout

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1860
Front Inscription

TO COMMEMORATE
THE HEROIC EXERTIONS OF THOSE
WHO AT THE RISK OF THEIR LIVES 

RESCUED 
After Seven Long Days And Nights Of Mental Agony And Bodily Suffering

THE TWENTY-TWO SURVIVORS
OF THE WRECK OF THE
ADMELLA SCREW STEAMER 
Lost On The Carpenter Rocks Near Cape Northumberland
ON THE 6TH AUGUST 1859
DURING HER VOYAGE FROM ADELAIDE TO MELBOURNE
Those Who With The Help Of GOD
Did This Brave Deed Were 
JOHN LEACH AND ROBERT KNAPMAN 

Two Sailors Who Dared To Leave The Wreck Upon A Raft 
And Having Reached The Shore Spread The Sad Tidings 

JAMES FAWTHROP AND THE CREW OF THE PORTLAND LIFE BOAT
WILLIAM ROSEVEAR Coxswain JOHN FREDERICK JOHNSTONE

ABBOT CAREY               WILLIAM KERKIN         JAMES DIMOND   CHARLES PATTERSON    JOHN DUSTING     THOMAS WARD
PHILLIP FRANCIS             WILLIAM BOOTH       HUGH McDONALD  JAMES KEAN   WILLIAM GUY    THOMAS TWEEDLE
BENJAMIN GERMEIN and the crew of the ADMELLA'S LIFEBOAT
HENRY SMITH    WILLIAM MABEN      THOMAS ANDERSON

CHARLES ALLMACK     HENRY WILEY    WILLIAM BAKER
PETER GREIG MASTER of the S.S.LADYBIRD and two of the crew 
GEORGE EDMONDS      WILLIAM M. McDONELL
JAMES CAMBRAY and the crew of the PORTLAND WHALE-BOAT
WILLIAM WRIGHT.  GEORGE SCOFFAL . JOHN MORGAN
WILLIAM KING. JOHN SPIERS
LOUIS THOMAS and the crew of the ADELAIDE PILOT-BOAT 
PETER SMITH   GEORGE FOWLES   WILLIAM THOMAS
BRIAN MARSHALL  JOHN PENNEY

THIS TABLET
WAS ERECTED BY THE COMMITTEE OF THE
ADMELLA RELIEF AND REWARD FUND.
AT THE DESIRE OF THE
INHABITANTS of  VICTORIA

Source: MA
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