And the Band Played On, an outback tribute…

The far western New South Wales town of Broken Hill in Outback Australia would seemingly be an odd place to find a memorial to the courageous band members aboard the ill stricken luxury liner, the Titanic.

But, pride of place in a park near to the town’s centre stands tall a monument erected in 1912 by the citizens of the town.

The monument praises the heroic bandsmen, who played to the end, calmly facing certain death whilst women, children and their fellow men were launching into lifeboats on that fateful maiden voyage of the Titanic. Survivors’ speak of the music drifting across the ocean’s waves as the ship slowly sank into the inky depths of the Atlantic.

And given the strong musical traditions of Broken Hill and the important role it played in community life, especially in those early days of the 1900’s, it is no surprise they gave pause to remember those who perished at sea that night.

Inscribed on the monument are the musical notes to the song “Nearer, My God, To Thee”, which has been reported as the final song the band played.

And the band played on…

Photos: Janet & Baz


About us…

We love the colours of the Australian Outback, the red earth touching a blue sky on a faraway horizon; and the fabulous coastline of our sunburnt country, where a golden sandy beach is washed over by a warm turquoise blue sea…

A few years ago we graduated from work and re-entered the classroom of life where an education is guaranteed and all that is needed is an open mind.

Cheers, Baz & Janet

7 thoughts on “And the Band Played On, an outback tribute…

  1. Itching for Hitching September 8, 2020 / 8:44 am

    Such an unusual town, it should be on all travellers bucket list. Thanks for sharing an insight into Broken Hill’s heart.

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  2. Lavinia Ross September 7, 2020 / 10:50 am

    It is an unusual place to see a memorial to the band members of the Titanic, but that makes it all the more meaningful. It is a wonderful monument, and thanks for sharing this beautiful remembrance of the musicians on that ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912.

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      • Lavinia Ross September 12, 2020 / 3:58 am

        I’ll be off WP for a little while. We are still at Level 1 and holding. We are lucky to be in this location, we’ll see how long that holds up. Smoke is worse today. Level 3 evacuation zone 10 minutes from here to the south.

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      • XPLORE - Out and About September 12, 2020 / 7:41 am

        Take care and stay safe. Hopefully the farm will be fine. Cheers Baz and Janet

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  3. greg894 September 7, 2020 / 10:37 am

    🙏

    On Mon, 7 Sep 2020 at 09:02, XPLORE – Out & About wrote:

    > > > > > > > XPLORE – Out and About posted: ” > > > > > The far western New South Wales town of Broken Hill in Outback Australia > would seemingly be an odd place to find a memorial to the courageous band > members aboard the ill stricken luxury liner, the Titanic. > > > > But, pride of place in a park near to the” > > > >

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