Tasmanian Seafarers' Memorial

"The memory of those whom we have lost - we share,
For those who grieve such a loss - we care
." Don Paton
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Unique Memorial for those lost at sea.

Seafarers' Memorial

The Tasmanian Seafarers' Memorial at Triabunna, Tasmania is unique in that it is a memorial to all Tasmanian seafarers who lost their lives at sea including Tasmanian members of the armed services, and those seafarers who, regardless of occupation or nationality, lost their lives in Tasmanian waters. Memorial Service

It also enables the commemoration of the lives of Tasmanian Naval personnel lost during peace time service as well as during times of conflict.

Tasmania's maritime history has been an eventful one which has tragically left many families touched in some by the relentless power of the sea.

The unpredictable seas around Tasmania's coastlines have claimed vessels from the days of sail to modern craft of today; they have claimed the lives of whalers and sealers, convicts and free settlers, traders and fishermen, sailors, seaman and yachtsmen of all ages and nations.

Have you a relative or know someone who should be remembered by having a plaque of the Memorial? Would you like to initiate the placement of a memorial plaque? If so, contact the committee to discuss the possibilities and modest cost involved.

Invitation to attend the Memorial Service

The next Service will be on Sunday, 14th October 2018 at 10.45 am for an 11.00 am start. Morning tea is available beforehand for a modest donation from 10.00 am .

The 21st annual Memorial Service was held on Sunday, 15th October 2017 at the Memorial site, Esplanade, Triabunna.

The Tasmanian Governor addressing the Memorial Service gathering.

The Memorial

  • provides a location to place plaques in tribute of loved ones lost at sea;
  • provides a place to focus grief for lost seafarers whose bodies were never found or whose remains were buried at sea;
  • it increases water safety awareness; and
  • has become a source of Tasmanian maritime history.
Major Plaque

Naval Seafarers' Memorial       Merchant Seafarers' Memorial

Separate from the Seafarer's Memorial but located in the same area is the Spring Bay Professional Fishermen's memorial for local fishermen who have died, but not necessarily at sea.

The Tasmanian Seafarer's Memorial records the loss of more than 1500 souls and on the Spring Bay Professional Fishermen's memorial there are 13 rememberance plaques.

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It has touched the hearts of many.