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The tablet erected by public subscription commemorates all those who were involved in the rescue of survivors from the "Admella" shipwreck in 1859. The inscription on the tablet was composed by Mr Mossman and revised by Professor Irving. The cost of the table was approximatley 200 guineas.

An almost forgotten deed of heroism is commemorated by this 10ft. by 5ft. tablet in the  Sailors' Home, Siddeley street, near Flinders street extension. Originally hung in the Long Room at the Customs House it tells of the wreck of the coastal steamer Admella on the Carpenter Rocks, Cape Northumberland, while on a voyage from Adelaide to Melbourne on August 6, 1859. Rescuers from Adelaide, Portland, and Melbourne had to work at great risk for several days, and the feat so stirred public imagination that a public fund was raised for the memorial.
The Argus (Melbourne), 22nd June 1940.





Address:Lee Breakwater Road , Portland Maritime Discovery Centre, Portland, 3305
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.346194
Long: 141.607574
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:06-August-1859
Actual Event End Date:06-August-1859
Designer:Marsh & Grout


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1860
Front Inscription

To commemorate the heroic exertions of those who at the risk of their lives rescued after seven long days and nights of mental; agony and bodily suffering the twenty-two survivors of the wreck of the Admella screw steamer lost on the Carpenter Rocks near Cape Northumberland on the 6th August 1859 during her voyage from Adelaide to Melbourne

Those who with the help of God did this brave deed were John Leach and Robert Knapman two sailors who dared to leave the wreck upon a raft and having reached the shore spread the sad tidings 

James Fawthrop and the crew of the Portland Life Boat 
William Rosevear Coxswain John Frederick Johnstone
Abbot Carey    William Kerkin  James Dimond    Charles Patterson  John Dusting   Thomas Ward
Phillip Francis  William Booth   Hugh McDonald   James Kean          William Guy    Thomas Tweedle

Benjamin Germein and the crew of the Admella's lifeboat
Henry Smith         William Maben   Thomas Anderson
Charles Allmack   Henry Wiley       William Baker

Peter Greig Master of the S. S. Ladybird and two of the crew 
George Edmonds  William M. McDonell

James Cambray and the crew of the Portland Whale-Boat
William Wright.  George Scoffal .  John Morgan
William King.     John Spiers

Louis Thomas and the crew of the Adelaide Pilot-Boat 
Peter Smith       George Fowles   William Thomas
Brian Marshall   John Penney

This tablet was erected by the Committee of the Admella Relief and Reward Fund.

At the desire of the inhabitants of Victoria


Source: MA
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