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Dr Wassell Inscription : 22-07-2013
Dr Wassell Inscription : 22-07-2013

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The monument commemorates Dr Joseph Leathom Wassell. The monument originally stood in front of the Town Hall.

Dr Wassell was a medical practitioner, military medical officer and quarantine officer on Thursday Island until his untimely death at the age of 42 in April 1915 as result of stonefish envenomation. 

A graduate of Sydney University, Dr Wassell worked for 15 years in the Torres Strait and was so highly regarded that a memorial was erected on Thursday Island in his honour in front of the Town Hall.

Dr Wassell, Government Medical Officer died on the 7th April 1915 from sepsis after a week's illness. Business on the island was practically suspended and few people were absent from the funeral which took place on the 8th April, the ceremony being of a masonic and military character.
Cairns Post, 9th April 1915. 




Address:Victoria Parade , Thursday Island , 4875
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -10.585433
Long: 142.219284
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

A tribute to the memory of Joseph Leathom Wassell M.B Ch. M. Syd.

Who laboured in Thursday Island for 15 years

Loved and honoured by all

7th April 1915


Source: MA
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