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Admella Shipwreck Relief Fund
Title : Admella Shipwreck Relief Fund Admella Shipwreck Relief Fund
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Source : Adelaide observer, 27 August 1859, p. 8
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : John Stephens
Date of creation : 1859
Format : Newspaper
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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At a public meeting held 22 August in Adelaide motions of thanks were passed for the assistance and heroism of the men who assisted in the rescue of the survivors of the wreck of the Admella; a motion to form a committee to collect subscriptions for the reward of the rescuers and for the refief of the survivors was also passed. This meeting was chaired by Governor Richard MacDonnell. The committee to administer this was formed the following day.

There was a surge of public interest and grief for the loss of lives and the plight of the survivors, as well as admiration for the heroism of the rescuers. After the main committee was formed smaller ones were formed throughout South Australia and others in Victoria.

As well as listing the members of the committee which included the Bishop of Adelaide, the Chief Justice, Samuel Davenport, Robert Torrens, John Morphett and many others, the committee also put out a call for those suffering money problems as a result of the wreck. 590 pounds had already been received in the fund, just a week after the last person from the wreck was safely ashore. In the following weeks nearly 7000 pounds would be raised in South Australia and Victoria.

Related names :

MacDonnell, Richard Graves, Sir, 1814-1881

Coverage year : 1859
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Adelaide
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Loney, J. K. Admella North Geelong, Vic.: J.K. Loney, [1975]
Mossman, Samuel. Narrative of the shipwreck of the "Admella", inter-colonial steamer, on the southern coast of Australia drawn up, from authentic statements furnished by the rescuers and survivors, Melbourne: Printed and published for the Committee of the "Admella" Fund by J.H. Moulines and Co., 1859
Mudie, Ian. Wreck of the Admella Adelaide: Rigby, 1966
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