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09-October-2016
09-October-2016

Photographs supplied by Father Ted Doncaster

The cemetery contains the anchor and graves of those who lost their lives in the wreck of the James Service. The anchor raised in 1962 has been placed near the grave of some of the victims in the cemetery at Christ’s Church in Mandurah, together with a spider band from the mizen mast.

In July 1878, when James Service departed Penang, ten passengers, all members of a theatrical group bound for Melbourne, and a crew of ten including the captain, were aboard. The cargo consisted of 3 000 cases of castor oil, 1000 bales of sack bags and 600 bales of jute. The vessel headed southward from Penang to round Cape Leeuwin, a course that should have taken it several hundred miles off the Western Australian coast.

As there were no survivors of the wrecking which occurred on the 23rd July 1878 , the events that led to James Service being broken in two on the Murray Reef can only be surmised from circumstantial evidence.

Location

Address:Pinjarra Road & Scholl Street, Christ Church, Mandurah, 6210
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.534666
Long: 115.721222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Maritime
Actual Event STart Date:23-July-1878
Actual Event End Date:23-July-1878

Dedication

Front Inscription

In memory of the crew and passengers of the barque "James Service"

Wrecked off Mandurah
July 1878

Placed here by the descendants of Captain David Foreman

Back Inscription

Anchor of 441 ton barque James Service

Wrecked Murray Reef off Mandurah
July 23 1878

with loss of all lives

This plaque by Mandurah Historical Society (Inc)

1978

Source: MA
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