Pay tribute to the heroes on board the Titanic.
Within Sturt Park in the city of Broken Hill stands an impressive monument to the musicians on board the infamous ship, the Titanic, which sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912. The monument serves to honour the bravery of the musicians aboard the ill-fated ship, who continued to play after the ship struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland. Only about one third of those aboard were rescued in lifeboats, but the action of the bandsmen in playing ‘Nearer My God to Thee’ during the last minutes before the ship sank helped to avoid panic and perhaps even greater loss of life.
The memorial suggestion came originally from the bandsmen of Broken Hill, with whom the heroic incident struck a chord of sympathy. Designed by an architect (without charge) and consisting of a broken marble column standing a total of 5.8 metres above the ground, the memorial bares the words and music of the main line of the hymn. The names of the bandsmen are engraved on the opposite face of the monument, and elsewhere the names of the builder, the architect, and the four members of the committee who were most closely associated with the monument can be seen.
The monument was officially opened on Sunday, 21 December, 1913, a mere 20 months after the sinking.
Sturt Park is located on Sulphide St, Broken Hill, NSW. Click here for more information.