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Star of Greece Exhibition at Courthouse Museum

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Published July 17th 2021
One of South Australia's worst maritime disasters
star of greece
Star of Greece exhibition


Within a single cell of the heritage-listed courthouse complex is the Star of Greece exhibition which houses a collection of the clipper ship's artefacts as well as information about that horrific wreck early in the morning on Friday the 13th of July 1888. Aground by daybreak, onlookers sighted the wreck approximately 200 metres from shore but were unable to help these stricken sailors in the raging seas. Eighteen men, including the captain, tragically lost their lives. The remains of the clipper ship still lie in five metres of water at Port Willunga until this day.

brass seahorse
Brass seahorse


fire bucket
Fire bucket


Some of its artefacts though are on display at the Courthouse Museum in the nearby township of Willunga. These include an elaborate brass seahorse on which the compass binnacle stood, one of the set of twelve fire buckets bearing letters of its name, a dingy bow-fender, decorative nut cover, ornamental trim and porthole cover. I learned of the significance of this vessel as it was fitted with that rare binnacle support.

porthole cover
Porthole cover


artefacts star of greece
Other Star of Greece artefacts


Although just tiny, the exhibition does capture the essence of one of South Australia's worst maritime disasters. It is open to the public on the second Sunday of each month between 1pm and 4pm. Books about the Star of Greece are also available for purchase if you happen to have some cash in your stash on the day. And, once you're finished with the exhibition, why not hop over to the slate museum next door to continue discovering more of what had happened in the past.

courthouse cell
Cells of the courthouse complex

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Why? One of South Australia's worst maritime disasters
When: The second Sunday of each month
Where: Courthouse Museum, 61 High Street, Willunga, SA
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Brass seems to have featured prominently in the times.
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