Middle Head Submarine Mine Explosion Memorial

Middle Head Submarine Mine Explosion Memorial - Cemetery Office backdropMiddle Head Submarine Mine Explosion Memorial - view of 'stone of remembrance' plaque at baseMiddle Head Submarine Mine Explosion Memorial - cemetery backropMiddle Head Submarine Mine Explosion Memorial - illustration 1894

Memorial erected over grave commemorates Lieutenant T. Hammand, Lieut. R. Bedford, Corpl. J. McKee and Bugler C. Bennett, killed in April 1891 by the premature explosion of a submarine mine during the Middle Head Easter encampment.

The upper portion of the memorial is of marble. Resting on the upper tier of bluestone is a marble base 4ft. 6in. by 4ft. 6in. The several faces of the marble base bear trophies of crossed swords, with helmet and crossed sculis, the accoutrements, &c., having been executed in bronze. On the upper portion of the marble base there is a pleasing arrangement of cable. Rising from the base is a die having four tablets, facing the north, east, south, and west respectively. The die is enriched with laurel, and facing each point of the compass there is a cherub. Above these again is a dome supporting a grenade.

The memorial rests upon a foundation of concrete laid to a depth of 7ft., occupies 9 square ft. of ground, and rises to a height of 23ft. The total weight of the structure is 21 tons, there being 11 tons of marble.

Erected at the entrance to Waverley Cemetery, it was unveiled on Sunday, 6 May 1894 by Major General Hutton in the presence of representatives of all branches of the military force. [1894 'The Middle Head Disaster.', The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, 12 May, p. 961.]


[Separate but placed at the base of the monument  is a marble stone tablet]
Least We Forget - Stone of Rememberance Anzac Day 25 April 2010

[The base is formed of three tiers of bluestone, on each face of the uppermost of which have been cut in relief the names:]
Hammand - Bedford -  McKee - Bennett

Corp J A McKee Aged 25 years
Bugler C Bennett Aged 23 years
Lieut. T Hammand Aged 38 years
Lieut. R Bedford Aged 36 years
This monument is erected by their comrades of the miltary forces of New South Wales

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Lt R Bedford Easter Encampment Acc Kd view
Bugler C Bennett Easter Encampment Acc Kd view
Lt T Hammand Easter Encampment Acc Kd view
Cpl J A McKee Easter Encampment Acc Kd Torpedo Corps view
Corner of St Thomas Street and Trafalgar Street
Bronte NSW 2024
Location/surrounding area
Waverley Cemetery entrance
Recorded by
Margaret Diebert
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Dedication date: 
Dedication date
05 June 1894
Easter Encampment

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