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A plaque commemorates James McMillan who lost his liffe in the sinking of the steamship "London" in January 1866.
James McMillan was born in England in 1827 and his education was adequate for apprenticeship within the drapery trade. He arrived in Van Diemen's Land as a young man and eventually settled in Launceston. He was taken on to the staff of a firm operated by a Mr Overell, and by the time he was 39, James was a partner in the firm which conducted its business as the Criterion Warehouse, 100 Brisbane Street.
Early in 1865 James McMillan returned to England, and began his return journey began on 4th January, 1866, when the steamer 'London', sailed from Plymouth.
By 9th January, the 'London' was in the midst of a furious gale in the Bay of Biscay and about to turn back for England. All the boats except one had been washed away and only nineteen people left the ship in this boat. The remaining two hundred and twenty people, including several children and James McMillan, drowned when the 'London' sank on 11th January 1866.
Nearly two months later the news of the tragedy reached Tasmania, and friends erected the marble tablet in Chalmers Church in his memory. In 1979 the tablet was moved from the Chalmers Church to the Pilgrim Church.
|Address:||34 Paterson Street, Pilgrim Uniting Church, Launceston, 7250|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -41.436771|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||11-January-1866|
|Actual Event End Date:||11-January-1866|
Sacred to the memory of James Coates McMilland who was lost at sea by the foundering of the steamship London in the Bay of Biscay on the 11th January 1866
Aged 39 years.
"Be still and know that I am God shall not the judge of all Earth do right."