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Glenelg Headstone+Plaque : 18: December-2014
Glenelg Headstone+Plaque : 18: December-2014

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A headstone of a worn marble shield on a grave commemorates five unidentified persons drowned in the wreck of the steamer `Glenelg`. The headstone was erected by the people of Bairnsdale. A plaque has been placed on the grave detailing the inscription. 

The SS Glenelg sunk on 25th March 1900 with the loss of approximately 38 lives. She lay hidden beneath the waters off the 90 Mile Beach in South West Gippsland Victoria for 109 years. The wreck was eventually discovered by Southern Ocean Exploration (SOE) on June 28th 2009.

The wreck of the S.S. Glenelg, which foundered on the Ninety Mile Beach, on a voyage from Bairnsdale to Melbourne on the 25th. February. 1900, when 31 lives were lost, was recalled at the meeting of the Bairnsdale Shire Council on Wednesday last, when Cr. D. M. Cameron drew attention to the state of disrepair of a grave at the Bairnsdale cemetery where five unidentified bodies from the wreck were buried. The grave was erected by the citizens of the town. The council decided to have the grave put in order. 
Gippsland Times (Vic), 11 May 1936.

Location

Address:Forge Creek Road, Bairnsdale Cemetery, Bairnsdale, 3875
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.847775
Long: 147.609212
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Maritime
Actual Event STart Date:25-March-1900
Actual Event End Date:25-March-1900

Dedication

Front Inscription

Plaque :

Erected by 
The Bairnsdale Public 
In Memory Of 

Five Unidentified Persons 
Who Perished In The Wreck
of the S. S. Glenelg on the
25th March 1900

 

Source: MA,VMR
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