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A monument commemorates Sister Rosa O'Kane who was a nurse at the Quarantine Station Hospital and died after nursing victims of influenza epidemic aboard SS Boonah.

Sister O`Kane was originally bound for the battlefields on the SS Wyreema with a party of other nurses. As a result of peace being declared their journey was cut short having never reached the battlefields, they disembarked the SS Wyreema at Fremantle on 10th of December 1918.

By this time the effects of the worldwide influenza epidemic were being felt, volunteers from the nurses aboard the SS Wyreema worked at the Quarantine Station Hospital tending to returning soldiers. The troopship SS Boonah had arrived at Fremantle on the 7th of December 1918 with a reported 90 cases of influenza (Spanish Flu) on board. Rosa O`Kane volunteered for this duty and shortly after died from influenza.


Address:O`Kane Court , Woodman Point Recreation Camp, Munster, 6166
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.129861
Long: 115.759651
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event STart Date:21-December-1918
Actual Event End Date:21-December-1918


Front Inscription

"For valour"

In honour and revered memory of Sister Rosa O`Kane A.A.N service late of Charters Towers, Queensland

Died here 21st December 1918 Of Pneumonic-Influenza

Only daughter of Mrs J.C O`Kane R.I.P.

Erected by the Patriotic Committee Charters Towers, comrade nurses and Queensland friends

Source: MA
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