THE CORONIAL INQUEST INTO THE WRECK OF THE STAR OF GREECE

On the weekend of Friday July 13th to Sunday July 15th a series of events was held in and around Aldinga to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the tragedy of the wrecking of the Star of Greece, which occurred starting at 2.30am on Friday 13th, 1888, only 200 yards off the shore at Port Willunga in a violent storm.

STARS’ contribution was to help devise and perform in a rehearsed reading of the Coronial Inquest, which was held the very next day, Saturday July14th, in the now non-existent Sea View Hotel at Port Willunga. This was done in conjunction with the local branch of the History Trust.

Brian McMillan, a member of the Trust, assiduously researched the material, which was edited and turned into a script by STARS secretary Wayne Anthoney. David Griggs, who had considerable input into these processes, directed the reading, which was performed in the Aldinga Institute Hall on Sunday afternoon.

Wayne and Carolyn Colling were two of the readers, playing jury foreman and Mrs. Bowering respectively. We had just two rehearsals on the Sunday morning.

The reading, which lasted half an hour, was preceded by an account of how the ship came to be at Port Willunga, by historian Paul Simpson, who has written an excellent book about the tragedy. We also printed a remarkable four-page letter sent to The Advertiser by Charles Claesen, on of the few survivors.

The event was well attended and all present found it absorbing and appreciated it greatly. If anyone who missed it would like a copy of the script and/or the Charles Claesen letter, please email us and we will send the material to you. STARS will contribute $200 towards the monument that remembers the 18 lost in the disaster.