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Kooringa meeting for the Admella Relief Fund
Title : Kooringa meeting for the Admella Relief Fund Kooringa meeting for the Admella Relief Fund
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Source : Adelaide observer, 3 September 1859, p. 5
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : John Stephens
Date of creation : 1859
Format : Newspaper
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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The impact of the wreck of the Admella was so great that country towns across South Australia and western Victoria formed committees to raise reward and relief funds. Kooringa (Burra) was just one of these. At the meeting which was chaired by JW MacDonald, the stipendiary magistrate in the town, a motion of thanks was passed to the rescuers. It was also moved that the town's thanks be more practical than mere words and that just as other communities were raising funds for the relief of the survivors, and for the reward of the rescuers, so should Burra.

The meeting resolved that the appointed committee should begin their work the next Monday.

Admella had been wrecked 6 August 1859 on the Carpenter Rocks off Cape Banks in the South East. The ship had broken up almost immediately. Of the 87 passengers and 26 crew only 24 had survived. Rescue efforts had come from Portland in Victoria, from the men of the Cape Northumberland lighthouse and from steam ships that came from Adelaide and Victoria. The outpouring of grief and assistance from communities across South Australia and Victoria was enormous.

Related names :

MacDonald, James William, 1811-1881

Coverage year : 1859
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Burra Burra (S. Aust.)
Region : Mid North
Further reading :
Mudie, Ian. Wreck of the Admella Adelaide: Rigby, 1966
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
Loney, JK. Admella North Geelong, Vic.: J.K. Loney, [1975]
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