A project to establish a permanent memorial on Fraser Island, Australia, to record the role that the Maheno played as a hospital ship in the First World War. Unveiled on Anzac Day 2017.
The project is to establish a permanent memorial to record the role that the Maheno played as a New Zealand hospital ship in the First World War. With the wreck of the TSS Maheno being slowly reclaimed by the elements it is important that the history of the ship and all those who served on the ship is not forgotten.
By recording the history of the Maheno people can reflect on the contribution made by all hospital ships. A bronze plaque of approximately one metre square is to be placed on a plinth in the foredune area beside the beach where the wreck rests peacefully. This will be a story plaque with a combination of text, pictures, a ship profile and a map of travels.
The plaque is being sculptured by Australia’s leading historical sculptor Ross Bastiaan – his plaques are scattered around the world including the Gallipoli peninsula, Kokoda, Great Britain and Australia. The plaque will sit on a piece of volcanic cooked sandstone that has been drawn from a quarry near Maheno in New Zealand. The Maheno is a former New Zealand hospital ship now forever resting on an Australian shore. The plaque is an opportunity to further develop the Anzac links.
Organisations that have confirmed support include:
- Fraser Island Association
- Queensland Maritime Museum
- National Parks and Wildlife Service
- Fraser Coast Regional Council
- Fraser Island Retreat