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The tablet erected by citizens at the gravesite of 9 members of the cub scouts who were drowned in the Clarence River in 1943. 

On December 11, 1943, 28 cubs were on their annual Christmas picnic on Susan Island under the watchful eye of a handful of senior scouts. When a storm began to close-in, the party was loaded on a flat-bottomed punt to row across the river to reach shelter.

Unfortunately the punt became unstable in the stormy conditions, capsized and threw the entire party into the water - few could swim and 13 of the boys, mostly aged between six and nine, drowned.

Nine of the boys were buried in South Grafton Cemetery while the remaining four were buried in Grafton Cemetery. 


Address:Bent Street, South Grafton Cemetery , South Grafton, 2460
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.717814
Long: 152.933961
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:11-December-1943
Actual Event End Date:11-December-1943


Front Inscription

Erected by the citizens in sacred memory of


Cub Members of the Boy Scout Movement who were accidentally drowned in the Clarence River, 

11th Dec. 1943

Restored in 1993


Source: MA
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