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A framed memorial comprising a photograph and three plaques and a bell system erected by public subscription supported by the Cowell Womens Hospital Auxiliary commemorate Sister Mary McFarlane. 

Sister McFarlane was on board the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur when it was torpedoed a little after 4am, east of Moreton Island, Queensland by the Japanese submarine I-177 on May 14th 1943. The ship sank so rapidly that it was not able to send an SOS signal and owing to the security of the day, the survivors spent over 30 hours in the water before being rescued by the American destroyer, USS Mugford. Of the 332 personnel on board only 64 survived.


Address:Fifth Street, Cowell Hospital , Cowell, 5602
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.685783
Long: 136.921964
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:1939-09-03
Actual Event End Date:1945-08-15
Source: TOH, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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