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A Death in Geeveston - Tasmania

Title: A Death in Geeveston - Tasmania
Posted by: Ian Holland on 03-12-2014

Discussion: In May 1968, I was Extra Fourth Engineer on the Blue Star Line Vessel, "Melbourne Star". We were in Port Huon, Tasmania, loading apples for Europe. As the ship was in port for some 17 or 18 days, there was a lot of socializing and good times to be had. But, there was a quite sad event. One evening some of the crew were making their way back to the ship from a visit to the Kermandie Hotel at Geeveston, when an AB; Donald MacDonald from Garrynamonie was stuck by a car and killed. We buried him, after a Roman Catholic service in, St Josephs Catholic Church. Recently, I took a trip through this part of Tasmania, (Many memories were revisited.) and made a point of visiting Donald's final resting place, in the graveyard behind the church. The site is well tended, and had artificial flowers on the grave.
I have posted on this forum just in case it is of interest to friends or family
I have taken some photos which I will send on if anyone wants.
Best regards,

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Posted by: Martha Brindley on 28-12-2014

Anne Marie. My mum was Donald's sister Anne and Rona's dad was his brother, Angus James. Other siblings are Patrick, Patricia, John, all deceased. Marion or Morag, Agnes and Katie Ann still survive.

Posted by: Martha Brindley on 28-12-2014

Many thanks Ian for the information. My mother Anne Mac Donald, was one of Donald's sisters. I would love photos as well. That is very kind of you. Rona, posted above, is my cousin. My e mail is
Thank you for your kindness. You can also find me on fb.

Posted by: Anne Marie (MacKinnon) on 25-12-2014

Hi Ian,

Thanks for posting.

What a touching story..........nice that you revisited Donalds grave.

I have had a look at what info. I have but I can't place Donald.

Do you know roughly how old Donald was at time of death & can you recall if he had siblings & what there names were?

It would be good to find his family connections as this will give them information which previously may not have been known & now they can have some photos too.


Anne Marie

Posted by: Rona Blythe on 25-12-2014

Hello Ian, I have just read the post above, thanks for posting. I am a niece of the late Donald Mac Donald from Garrynamonie South Uist. Would you kindly send some photos of his grave my e-mail address is I am also on face book(Rona Blythe) if you would like to get in touch.

Posted by: Aonghais A Caimbeul on 24-12-2014

hello, very good to hear about your experiences with Blue Star Lines, We know of the family of Donald Ewan Madonald from Garrynamonie, , and I will tell them about your message, with kind regards , Blessings from South Uist and Thanks ! Mr Angus Campbell

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