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Ethel Uhr + Jean Buxton
Ethel Uhr + Jean Buxton
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Memorial tablet commemorates the matron and nurse of Townsville Hospital who lost their lives in the sinking of the Yongala  in 1911.

The S.S. Yongala sank in a cyclone on the 23rd March 1911 and remained undiscovered for almost 50 years, not being positively identified until 1958. She sank just 12 nautical miles off the coast of Cape Bowling Green in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park with the loss of all 122 passengers.

The President said that the Halloran and Nurses' Memorial Tablets had arrived and there was on the business sheet the matter of their erection. They were at the hospital and were very nice pieces of work. He would like that arrangements be made to have them fixed in place. It was for the Committee to decide whether they would invite the public to the function. Dr. Ross said that at present they proposed to erect the tablets on the wall on the back verandah, between the two walls of the building. Mr. Aird said he had been at the Hospital with Mr. Wakeford that day, and the Doctor had shown him the tablets. They were really beautiful pieces of work— especially the nurses' tablet, and the finest he had ever seen in his life. He thought that the place on the back verandah mentioned by the Doctor, would be a very good place to erect them.
Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld), 15 March 1912.


Address:100 Angus Smith Drive, Townsville Hospital, Douglas, 4814
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -19.319722
Long: 146.762778
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:23-March-1911
Actual Event End Date:23-March-1911


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1912
Front Inscription

                    IN REMEMBRANCE 
Aged 26 Years, Matron And Nurse Of The Townsville Hospital Who, When Returning To Duty After Absence On Leave, Were Lost In The S.S. "Yongala" Which Disappeared With All On Board In A Cyclone Between Mackay And Townsville On The Night Of The 23rd March 1911.

They Are Gone : But The Memory Of Their
Self-Denying Work Within These Walls,
Of Their Devotion To Duty And Of Their
Own Great Goodness Will Ever Live In
The Hearts Of All Who Knew Them. Their
Sure Reward Will Come On That Day When
The Sea Gives Up Its Dead.

And GOD Shall Wipe Away All Tears From Their Eyes :
And There Shall Be No More Death Neither Sorrow Nor
Crying, Neither Shall There Be Any More Pain : For The
Former Things Are Passed Away.
                                                  Revelations 21 [4]

Source: MA
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