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Walters Grave : 28-November-2014
Walters Grave : 28-November-2014

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

Three sandstone obelisks of identical design and with similar wording marking the graves of three boys, Sylvester Francis Cahill, Thomas Walters and William McGrath, three sons of firemen who died when the model of the ship Galatea on their float in a procession for the visit to Bendigo, of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, 19 December 1867, caught fire and was burnt out.

They were buried at the Back Creek Cemetery, and a movement initiated by the citizens resulted in their graves being marked by public memorials.

Two of the graves are located in the Catholic Section and one grave is in the Anglican Section.

Location

Address:Carpenter Street, Bendigo Cemetery, Bendigo, 3550
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.778333
Long: 144.284167
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

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

Dedication

Front Inscription

ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION 
In Memory Of SYLVESTER FRANCIS CAHILL
AGED 9 YEARS & 6 MONTHS
WHO LOST HIS LIFE THROUGH AN ACCIDENTAL BURNING ON BOARD THE MODEL SHIP "GALATEA" DURING THE VISIT OF H.R.H.
THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH TO BENDIGO DECEMBER 18th 1867.

ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION
In Memory Of WILLIAM LANGTON McGRATH
AGED 9 YEARS & 6 MONTHS
WHO LOST HIS LIFE THROUGH AN ACCIDENTAL BURNING ON BOARD THE MODEL SHIP "GALATEA" DURING THE VISIT OF H.R.H.
THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH TO BENDIGO DECEMBER 18th 1867.

ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION
In Memory Of THOMAS MICHAEL WALTERS.
AGED 10 YEARS & 2 MONTHS.
WHO LOST HIS LIFE THROUGH AN ACCIDENTAL BURNING ON BOARD THE MODEL SHIP "GALATEA" DURING THE VISIT OF H.R.H.
THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH TO BENDIGO DECEMBER 18th 1867

 

Source: MA
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