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Memorial stone erected by friends of all nationalities and creeds in memory of Ebenezer James, Chaplain to the Naval Forces for his christian efforts for the social and moral advancement of sailors. The memorial also recognises his efforts in stamping out  'crimping'  in Victoria. Reverend James was also chaplain for the Victorian Seamen`s Mission for 15 years. 

"Crimping' or shanghaiing refers to the practice of conscripting men as sailors by coercive techniques such as trickery, intimidation, or violence. Those engaged in this form of kidnapping were known as "crimps".

The death occurred at Ballarat on Sunday of the Rev. E. James, chaplain of the naval forces and of the Victorian Seamen's Mission. Mr. James was attacked by pleurisy last month, and went to Ballarat for a change, which he needed in consequence of heavy work during the previous six months. It was thought he would have been about in a week or two, but despite careful nursing by Mrs. James he succumbed on Sunday. Mr. James was 60 years of age, and had been chaplain of the Victorian Seamen's Mission for 15 years. He was a sincere friend of the seamen, and did many good things for them not within the range of his duties, and some years ago earned a good deal of opprobrium from a certain class on account of the strenuous efforts he made to stamp out crimping. Since so much of the shipping was transferred to the river the work of visiting the seamen has been much harder, and Mr. James divided his time between the bay, Williamstown, and the river, besides carrying on the various meetings at the institutes at Port Melbourne and Williamstown. He led a busy life, and will be greatly missed in shipping circles. The deceased leaves a grown-up family of seven children. The deceased gentleman was well known in Beechworth, having for some years carried on business in Stanley as a blacksmith in the earlier years. He was brother to the Hon. John James, ex-M.L.A., who represented Ballarat East for about 20 years, was Chairman of of Committees, and at one time Minister of Mines. General regret will be felt for the unexpected death of one who was so universally esteemed both in this district and in Melbourne.
Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic.), 20 July 1901.

 

Location

Address:College Crescent, Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton North, 3054
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.791811
Long: 144.961975
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Religion

Dedication

Front Inscription

In Affectionate Remembrance
EBENEZER JAMES
                   LATE
CHAPLAIN TO THE NAVAL FORCES OF VICTORIA
                    AND
THE VICTORIAN SEAMAN'S MISSION
         This Stone is Erected
BY FRIENDS OF ALL NATIONALITIES AND CREEDS
          AS A MARK OF ESTEEM
FOR HIS UNSELFISH AND CONSISTENT CHRISTIAN
EFFORTS FOR THE SOCIAL AND MORAL ADVANCEMENT OF
              OUR SAILORS
                     AND
IN RECOGNITION OF THE FACT THAT TO HIS
INDEFATIGABLE AND PRAISEWORTHY EXERTIONS
THE STAMPING OUT IN VICTORIA OF THE CRUEL
AND DEGRADING MARITIME CURSE OF 'CRIMPING'
              WAS MAINLY DUE.
BORN 11TH MARCH 1841 DIED 14TH JULY 1901

"A GOOD DEED IS NEVER LOST, HE WHO SOWS
COURTESY REAPS FRIENDSHIP. AND HE WHO
PLANTS KINDNESS GATHERS LOVE." BASIL
 
                   Also
           CLARE E. JAMES
          WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 30TH OCTOBER 1922,
               AGED 74 YEARS

Source: MA
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