"Glen Huntly" MemorialPrint Page
Commemorates the victims of the Glen Huntly disaster .
On December 13th 1839 the emigrant ship ` Glen Huntly` left Greenock, Scotland and arrived at Hobsons` Bay on 17th April 1840.
The ship was specially built to take advantage of these profitable immigration schemes and was on its maiden voyage. Merchants made fortunes chartering vessels that crammed as many people on board with insufficient food and scant attention to comfort.
An examination by the settlement`s doctor, Barry Cotter, discovered that many of the Glen Huntly immigrants including children were emaciated from their long and arduous voyage. Many of the passengers suffering from fever were landed at the Red Bluff, St Kilda on 24 April 1840. That being the first Quarantine Station in Victoria.
A few days later JOHN CRAIG, JAMES MATHERS, GEORGE ARMSTRONG succumbed to the disease and were interred at the Bluff. Owing to the encroachment of the sea their remains were exhumed and removed to the St Kilda Cemetery on 27th August 1898 by the Board of Public Health. . Of the original 157 emigrants who had boarded the barque in Argyleshire, ten had already died at sea.
|Address:||Princes Highway & Hotham Street, Cemetery, Other Denominations Compartment B Grave 149B, St Kilda East, 3183|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.862233|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||1898|
On December 13th 1839, the emigrant ship "Glen Huntly" left Greenock, Scotland and arrived in Hobson`s Bay on 17th April 1840. Many of the passengers suffering from fever were landed at the Red Bluff St Kilda on 24th April 1849. That being the first quarantine station in Victoria.
A few days later John Craig James Mathers George Armstrong succumbed to the disease and were interred at The Bluff. Owing to the encroachment of the sea their remains were exhumed and removed to the St Kilda Cemetery on 27th August 1898 by the Board of Public Health.
This memorial was erected by public subscription, to mark a notable event in the early history of the colony.
This memorial grave was restored by descendants of John Craig and of other "Glen Huntly" passengers. In April 1990 they commemorated the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the barque inMelbourne in 1840.
25th August 1991
Glen Huntly Pioneers Memorial