Places - Memorials - Martyrs' Plaque

In 1955, a tablet honouring 'Methodist martyrs' of the Pacific war was erected on the wall of a missionary training institute in Haberfield. Relocated to the NSW Synod Centre for Ministry in Parramatta in July 1988, the plaque lies in memory of the ten Methodist missionaries who died at sea aboard the Montevideo Maru and the two, John Rundle and Leanard Kentish who died in the Darwin area.

The missionaries who died were:-

Laurence A. McArthur
Herbert B. Shelton
Williiam L.I. Linggood
William D. Oakes
Thomas N. Simpson
Howard J. Pearson
John W. Poole
Jack W. Trevitt
Ernest W. Pearce
Sidney C. Beazley
John C. Rundle
Leanard N. Kentish

'They brought to the New Guinea District a remarkable diversity of gifts combining spirituality, scholarship, administrative ability and practical and technical knowledge.'

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Journal Articles

  • 'Missionary martyrs are honoured at last', Journey, August 1988, 1988, p. 33.
  • Barry Gordon, ''Martyrs' Plaque' finds new home in Centre for Ministry', Mission Review, July-September 1988, 1988, pp. 3-4.

Newspaper Articles

  • Alan Gill, 'Obscure Tragedy Recalled on Anzac Day', Sydney Morning Herald, 22 April 1987.
  • Alan Gill, 'Honouring Pacific War Martyrs', Sydney Morning Herald, 30 April 1987.
  • Alan Gill, 'Forgotten Martyrs', Sun Herald, 26 June 1988.
  • Alan Gill, 'Without a Trace', Good Weekend, Sydney Morning Herald, 1992, pp. 16-19.

Martyrs' Plaque

Martyrs' Plaque
19 February 2003

Martyrs' Plaque Detail

Martyrs' Plaque Detail
19 February 2003

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