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A monument which incorporates a seat commemorates the Sirius which was wrecked on Norfolk Island in 1790. Through the efforts of Mr Geoff Cottee the bricks of the monument have been transported from Captain Arthur Phillip's house in Hampshire.  Governor-General Sir William Deane, unveiled the enigmatic seat-monument on the anniversary day of the island’s British settlement in 1788, during the Centenary of Federation celebrations in 2001.

In October 1788, the Sirius was dispatched by Captain Phillip, by then Governor of New South Wales, to the Cape of Good Hope to obtain food and supplies for the then starving colony. That mission completed, she was on 5 March 1790 sent to China to obtain further supplies. In the course of that journey, on 13 March 1790, she arrived at Norfolk Island, with the Supply, to transfer a group of Marines and convicts. Here, on 19 March 1790, her life came to an end when the wind forced her on to the reef, as her Captain, John Hunter, tried to tack out to sea.

The Marines and convicts had been landed before the wreck. After the wreck, the ship`s crew was saved and, in the days and months which followed, the stores and equipment were retrieved. The wreck of the Sirius remained visible on the reef for nearly 12 months before a storm forced her from view. The loss of the Sirius was a terrible setback for the settlements at Sydney Cove and on Norfolk.


Address:Bay & Pier Streets, Foreshore, Maritime Museum, Kingston, Norfolk Island, 2899
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.057878
Long: 167.955639
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Seat
Monument Theme:Disaster


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 6th March, 2001
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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