Cowell Memorial Plaque for Sister Mary McFarlane Back to Search

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Location Main Street, Cowell, Franklin Harbour - South Australia, Australia
Type plaque
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Cowell Hospital.  A framed memorial comprising a photograph and three plaques. Sister McFarlane was on board the Australian Hospital Ship "Centaur" when it was torpedoed a little after 4am, east of Moreton Island, Queensland by the Japanese submarine I-177. The Centaur was well lit as dictated by the Geneva Convention, it was painted white with a broad green band running the length of the hull, interspersed along the band were three large red crosses and a large identification number (47) either side of the bow, making it impossible for the Japanese submarine commander to declare it an enemy ship of war or merchantman. The ship sank so rapidly that it was not able to send an SOS signal and owing to the security of the day, the survivors spent over 30 hours in the water before being rescued by the American destroyer, USS Mugford. Of the 332 personnel on board only 64 survived. Following the cessation of conflict, the Japanese submarine commander was tried as a war criminal, but the sinking of the Centaur, for some strange reason was not mentioned and this crime went unpunished.

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Inscription

Plaque upper left:

BY

PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION

SUPPORTED BY

COWELL WOMENS HOSPITAL

AUXILIARY AUGUST 1957

Plaque upper right:

THIS

BELL SYSTEM

IS

Plaque centre:

TO PERPETUATE THE MEMORY OF

SISTER MARY McFARLANE

WHO LOST HER LIFE ON ACTIVE SERVICE

HOSPITAL SHIP "CENTAUR"

MAY 14-1943

Condition

MAINTAINED BY: Hospital board
PECULIARITIES/DAMAGE: Nil

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MCFARLANE, Mary Hamilton

Service number SFX11679
Lieutenant
2/3 Hospital Ship (Centaur)
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 10 Apr 1915

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