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24-November-2012 (Graeme Saunders)
24-November-2012 (Graeme Saunders)

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders / Mary Beaven

The stone seat commemorates Captain Benjamin Germein who, with John Dagwell as his assistant, was the first lighthouse keeper in Port MacDonnell. 

Germein arrived on the `South Australian` in 1837 with his two brothers.  He later followed his father in the merchant navy and once took a ship through the Murray mouth as far as Goolwa. Ben Germein was later involved in attempts to assist the wrecked Admella in 1859 and the John Ormerod in 1861.

For his efforts he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Humane Society and a Silver Medal from Victoria and South Australia. Germein also was instrumental in the location of the town of Port MacDonnell which was declared a port on 4 April 1860. When surveyed it was named Crete-Warta but the Governor preferred MacDonnell.


Address:Cape Northumberland Road, former Lighthouse site, Port MacDonnell, 5291
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.05948
Long: 140.661372
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Seat
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1944
Front Inscription

A commemoration of the gallantry of Benjamin Germein

1826 - 1893.

First lighthouse keeper at Cape Northumberland
1859 - 1865.

Who was first to reach and save lives from the wrecks of the "Admella" and the "John Ormerod" 1861. 

Erected 1944


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au