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28-June-2020
28-June-2020

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The George Ward Memorial Circuit commemorates the sixteen men who braved the flood waters of the Nogoa River to rescue two well borers, William Laughlin and Albert Bettridge who were thought to be trapped by rising flood waters in November 1950. One of the men involved in the George Ward, was washed away and drowned. 

Location

Address:Rifle Range Road, Botanical Gardens, Emerald, 4720
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.536606
Long: 148.164767
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Walkway
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Flood
Actual Event Start Date:27-November-1950
Actual Event End Date:28-November-1950
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Dedication

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GEORGE WAR
MEMORIAL CIRCUIT

This circuit is a memorial to the sixteen men who braved the flood waters of the Nogoa River to rescue two well borers, William Laughlin and Albert Bettridge who were thought to be marooned in low country by rising flood waters on the 27th November 1950.

A steel rowing boat with eight men on board was launched into the river in an attempt to reach the stranded men.  All went well until the boat capsized in the raging waters of the main steam and the crew climbed onto a tree. When their position became precarious they decided to swim to shore.

The next day another boat set out with a new crew to rescue the men from the boat.  They successfully located the men on the island and returned them to safety. They then went looking for the other two men and eventually found them, but not before the boat capsized resulting in George Ward being washed away and drowned.

The remaining rescuers spent the night in trees.  The men were rescued the following day when a motor boat was hired in Rockhampton and brought to Emerald by train.

The men involved in these dramatic rescue efforts were

Horace Alfred Smith            Robert Crawford
Thomas Collin Capell          Vincent John Douglas
William Michael D. Hickey   William Lamb Watson
Thomas Donald Moriarty     Robert John Johnstone
Dudley Robert Mylne          John James Paris
William Leslie Wright          Walter John Osborne
Alfred M. Pill                       Kevin Joseph Osborne
George Albert Pill               George Ward

Surviving members were awarded bronze medals and certificates from the Royal Humane Society of Australasia.

George Ward's family was also awarded a certificate.

 

 

 

Source: MA
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