Superintendent Christopher GeePrint Page
Monument erected to Superintendent Christopher Gee of No 5 Station , Carlton Metropolitan Fire Brigade who was accidentally killed aboard the burning ship "Hilaria" at Port Melbourne on the 9th July 1895. The monument stands about 8ft high and consists of a bluestone basemant and kerbing while the upper part is of white Carrara marble. The bas-relief shows the ship Hilaria lying over on the Port Melbourne pier enveloped in smoke.
On July 9th 1895, the ship Hilaria was on fire at the Town Pier , Port Melbourne. A detachment from the fire brigade attempted to subdue the flames and Superintendant Gee ,in loading his men, fell down the hold onto the burning cargo. Mr William O'Brien, Deputy Chief Officer volunteered to rescue Superintendent Gee and was lowered down the hold. While he was groping through the flames and smoke ,the air pipe and hauling line fouled and cut off portion of the air supply. Mr O'Brien fastened a rope around Mr Gee who was hauled to the surface. When he gave the signal for his own rescue he was hauled to the top feet first and unconscious. Mr Gee died from his injuries but Mr O'Brien recovered after a few days. Mr O'Brien was awarded the Clarke Gold Medal, The Blue Ribbon of the Royal Humane Society.
|Address:||College Crescent, Melbourne General Cemetery, Church of England Section, Parkville, 3052|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.791811|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Sub-Theme:||Government - State|
|Actual Event STart Date:||09-July-1895|
|Actual Event End Date:||09-July-1895|
|Monument Designer:||Messrs Jageurs & Sons (Parkville)|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||June, 1896|
To the Memory of
LATE SUPT. NO5 STATION
METROPOLITAN FIRE BRIGADE
ACCIDENTALLY KILLED ON
BOARD THE BURNING SHIP
AT PORT MELBOURNE
9TH JULY 1895,
AGED 40 YEARS.
A GOOD HUSBAND, A FOND FATHER, AND A FAITHFUL FRIEND