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A park commemorates James Belsar, who in December 1913 rescued Allan Ross from drowning in the Murray River.
|Address:||McCallum Street, Belsar Reserve, Swan Hill, 3585|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -35.337931|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||31-December-1913|
|Actual Event End Date:||31-December-1913|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||1986|
James Belsar (1881 - 1941)
James Belsar started his working life on the Murray River paddleboats at the age of 14, first as a deck-hand, then working his way up to his final position as skipper of PS Success.
On 31 December 1913, he heroically rescued a young man, Allan Ross, who was drowning in the river, diving in with his pipe still in his mouth. James was honoured by the Royal Humane Society for his courage and humanity, and was presented with a gold medallion from the people of Swan Hill.
In 1987 the Swan Hill City Council names this area "James Belsar Reserve"in lasting recognition of his actions.
Swan Hill Rural City Council