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The Captain William Dampier Sea Chest memorial stands in Bedford Park, Broome, Western Australia. Built by direction of Federal Cabinet and unveiled by the captain of an Australian warship just before the outbreak of World War 2, it is a wonder it was ever built. The times seemed against it yet five men persisted and played a major role in creating it – Marshall Clifton WA’s leading architect, John Masefield the Poet Laureate, Harry Macnee chairman of the Broome Roads Board and war hero, Hubert Thornton the monumental mason who carved it and Francis Bray of the WA Historical Society, the driving force. I have written this memorial’s remarkable story. Available for $18 (Aust post paid). Contact me at pmurray@grapevine.com.au

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