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The Admella Tablet : 5-11-2013
The Admella Tablet : 5-11-2013

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

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 NIGHT 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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