Finding the Centaur
Sister H.F.J.C. Haultain; Sister E. King; nurses who have paid the ultimate
Sister M. Moston (Ellen Savage refers to price, including the eleven nurses on
her as Morton); Sister E.A. Shaw; Sister the Centaur, are remembered in the
D.J. Wyllie; Sister M.L. Adams; Matron Australian Service Nurses National
S.A. Jewell; Sister A.M. O’Donnell; Memorial in Canberra.
Beth Mohle Sister E. M. Rutherford; Sister W.
QNU Assistant Secretary To think that this particular tragedy
Walker; and Sister M.H. McFarlane. occurred so near to Brisbane also makes
On 20 December 2009, on day seven Special permission was granted by us realise just how close to home the
of the search, David Mearns, Search the Australian government for the fighting came during World War Two.
Coordinator for the Finding the Centaur search team to attach to the wreck of Like so many others I grew up hearing
Project announced that the wreck of the the Centaur a commemorative plaque stories about the sinking of the Centaur.
AHS Centaur had been located by sonar. produced by The Centaur Association, My mum was a student nurse at the
Visual confirmation of the find occurred which contains a CD with the names of then Brisbane General Hospital at the
on 10 January, when amazing images everyone who served on the ship along time of the sinking, along with her
from a depth of over 2,000 metres were with personal notes from family. sister Dorothy. Their older sister Ruth
beamed around Australia. Finally, after A memorial service is being planned was a registered nurse working at the
66 years of not knowing the final resting by the Centaur Commemoration Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital where
place of the Centaur, there can be some Taskforce, details of which are yet to be survivors from the Centaur, including
sense of conclusion for those who lost released. Ellen Savage, were taken to recuperate.
loved ones in this war time tragedy. The sinking made front page news in There were many aspects of the sinking
The clearly identified non-combatant newspapers around the world, such of the Centaur that made a lasting