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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.
|Address:||Lee Breakwater Road , Portland Maritime Discovery Centre, Portland, 3305|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -38.346194|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Designer:||Messrs Marsh & Grout|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1860|
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