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The Commemorative Plaque was erected at the gravesite in memory of seaman Laskars who perished in the sinking of the "Clan Ranald." The seaman Laskars were buried in a mass grave in the cemetery. 

Wrecked in January 1909 the Clan Ranald shipwreck is one of South Australia`s worst maritime disasters. Forty lives were lost and only 24 members or the crew survived when the Clan Ranald was wrecked in January 1909.  They were heroically rescued by members of the local community, and despite being battered and bleeding when the survivors reached shore, 20 of the crew, who were Filipino and Indian, were seized and deported by the Commonwealth for being illegal immigrants. After public outcry against the scandalous treatment of these survivors, the Commonwealth Government was forced to allow coloured persons who were shipwrecked to land in Australia without restriction.

Note : A lascar (also spelled lashkar, laskar) was a sailor or militiaman from the Indian Subcontinent or other countries east of the Cape of Good Hope, employed on European ships from the 16th century until the beginning of the 20th century

Location

Address:Edithburgh-Coobowie Road, Cemetery , Edithburgh, 5583
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.077268
Long: 137.745608
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Maritime

Dedication

Front Inscription
This Commemorative Plaque Was Erected
To Mark The Burial Place Of 
31 ASIATIC SEAMEN 
— Names Unknown —
Who Lost Their Lives In The 
Wreck Of The Steamer 
"CLAN RANALD" 
Near Troubridge Hill On 
1st February 1909. 
Source: MA
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