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Howard Fulford : 29-April-2012
Howard Fulford : 29-April-2012
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A memorial tablet commemorates Howard Cecil Fulford, a former student of Trinity College who was lost in the sinking of the "S. S. Waratah" in 1909. Howard Fulford was a former resident physician of the Melbourne Hospital and the ship`s surgeon on the "Waratah." 

A tablet, erected by his fellow-students to the memory of Dr. Howard Cecil Fulford, who was medical officer on board the s.s. Waratah at the time when the vessel was lost in the Indian Ocean, was unveiled at Trinity College chapel on Sunday afternoon by Dean Stephen. 
The Australasian (Melbourne), 6 May 1911. 

En route from Australia to the UK, the Waratah left Durban on 26th July 1909 bound first for Cape Town and then the long home stretch to Plymouth and London. On the morning of the 27th, she passed the Clan MacIntyre off Cape Hermes. Waratah remained in the sights of the Clan MacIntyre for a couple of hours before disappearing from view.  The Waratah and her 92 passengers and crew of 119 were never seen again. In the absence of wireless telegraphy there was no distress call.  Reports of storms and mountainous seas gradually arrived with ships rounding the Cape and all hopes of recovery faded slowly. The precise fate of the Waratah is still debated today.


Address:Royal Parade, Trinity College Chapel, Parkville, 3052
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.795467
Long: 144.958803
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 30th April, 1911
Front Inscription

This Tablet Is Dedicated
As A Tribute Of Affection And Sorrow
By His College Comrades
A Resident Student Of This College
From 1900 To 1905.
He Won High Distinctions Throughout His University Course
Graduated With First Class Honours In Medicine
And Was Appointed Resident Physician
Of The Melbourne Hospital In 1906.
He Was A Keen And Public-Spirited Sportsman
And Was Thrice Stroke Of The College Eight.
He Left Australia For England On July 1st 1909
As Surgeon Of The S. S. "Waratah"
Which On Some Unknown Date After 26th July
Was Lost In The Indian Ocean With All On Board.

"Be Ye Therefore Ready For In Such An Hour
As Ye Think Not The Son Of Man Cometh."

Source: MA
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