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Mornington, Victoria, Australia

In Memory of Fifteen Young Men

The list of casualties. image. Click for full size.
By Peter Mackie
1. The list of casualties.
Inscription. In memory of fifteen young men lost in the bay off Mornington on the night of Saturday 21st May, 1892, while returning from a football match at Mordialloc.

Allchin, Charles E. (20 yrs), Caldwell, James R. (21 yrs), Caldwell, William L. (19 yrs), Caldwell, Hugh (17yrs), Coles, William H. (23 yrs), Comber, John (31 yrs), Firth, James (17 yrs), Grover, William E. (25 yrs), Grover, William (17 yrs), Hooper, Charles (25 yrs), Hooper, Charles F. (14 yrs), Kenna, John (18 yrs), Lawrence, Alfred H. (19yrs), Milne, George C. (36 yrs), Williams, Charles (23 yrs).

Erected by the public.
Erected 1892 by Public of the town of Mornington.
Location. 38° 12.95′ S, 145° 2.183′ E. Marker is in Mornington, Victoria. Marker is at the intersection of Esplanade and Schnapper Point Dve, on the left when traveling east on Esplanade. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mornington, Victoria 3931, Australia.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 19 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rosebud (approx. 19.2 kilometers away).
Regarding In Memory of Fifteen Young Men. [Text on an explanatory plaque erected nearby in recent years.]
This Memorial
Monument to Drowned Young Men of Mornington. image. Click for full size.
By Peter Mackie, March 19, 2015
2. Monument to Drowned Young Men of Mornington.
commemorates the fifteen members of the Mornington Football Club who drowned on the night of Saturday 21st May 1892. After playing Mordialloc in a drawn match, these men chose to return home on the sailing boat “Process”, owned and skippered by Charles Hooper, an experienced sailor. The others returned to Mornington on the train.

The alarm was raised when the boat had not arrived as expected by 9.30pm.

Joseph Grover set off by buggy for Mordialloc, returning at 3.00am to confirm the team had left around 6.00pm as planned.

Senior Constable Thomas Murphy had been notified and woke the Post Mistress to telegraph Mordialloc, with no response. He then organized boats and search parties. Meanwhile, anxious relatives patrolled the beaches and pier.

The partially submerged “Process” was found the next morning on Pelican Reef, Mt Eliza, with the body of Alfred Lawrence trapped underneath. Three other bodies were found in the following weeks on the beaches of Mt Eliza and Rosebud. What happened is unknown, but it was thought a sudden squall hit the boat, a wire stay parted causing the sail to run down, and the boat capsized. There were no survivors.

The tragedy affected many of the families in the small community. Ten children were left fatherless. Rev. Caldwell lost three sons. Joseph Grover, builder, lost a son and a brother. Charles Hooper the boatman and his son were both drowned.

A committee was formed to raise money by public subscription for the families who had lost breadwinners, and for the memorial.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2015. This page has been viewed 585 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 19, 2015. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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