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A sundial commemorates Dimboola resident, Matron Olive Pashke, who was one of the twelve nurses who died when Japanese sank the Vyner Brooke off Sumatra during World War Two.

Matron Paschke survived the bombing of the Vyner Brooke and was on a raft that was swept out to sea thus saving her and the seven other nurses from being massacred on Banka Island. In a desperate attempt to lighten the raft for paddling, two nurses and Malay sailors slid into the sea and swam beside it.

This plan worked well and for some time progress was made toward the shore. Then came one of those curious twists of fate which defy explanation. The raft began to drift away from the swimmers, as it was caught by a current that had missed them. To their horror they saw their comrades borne steadily away from them, out to the open sea. Despite their best endeavours Matron Paschke was carried away.


Address:Ellerman Street, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College, Dimboola, 3414
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.450036
Long: 142.034018
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:12-February-1942
Actual Event End Date:12-February-1942


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 1st May, 1949
Front Inscription

In memory of Matron Olive Dorothy Paschke R.R.C., A.A.N.S.

Killed off Sumatra

12th Feb. 1942

Source: MA,SKP
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