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Memorial 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|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||11-December-1943|
|Actual Event End Date:||11-December-1943|
By the Citizens
In Sacred Memory Of
Of the Boy Scout Movement
Who were accidentally drowned
In the Clarence River,
11th Dec. 1943
Restored in 1993