Wellington Botanical Gardens Memorial Register
Morris, William John - Gazebo (Summer House)

photographed by P C Tomlinson on 15/04/10

photographed by P C Tomlinson on 15/04/10

photographed by P C Tomlinson on 15/04/10
Coronors report from Evening Post July 31 1891
photographed by P C Tomlinson on 06/07/2012
Evening Post 31 7 1891
photographed by on 30/08/2013

In memory of a hero

William John Morris

, aged 10, who was drowned in a gallant attempt to save his younger brother 30 July 1891

In as much as ye did it unto one of the least of these my brethern

ye did it unto me - Matt 25-40

location:

At the back of the Gazebo (Summerhouse) on William Bramley Drive. Bronze plaque on seat

 

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notes:

William John Morris lost his life in an attempt to save his younger brother, Joseph aged 8, from drowning in Wellington Harbour. Both boys had decided not to attend school and went to the harbour reclamation at Thorndon to play. Whilst there Joseph fell in and William, who was an excellent swimmer, dived in to rescue him. A worker named Brown pulled Joseph, quite exhausted, from the water by his ankle but his older brother was nowhere to be seen. Once young Joseph was on dry land Brown looked into the water and saw the brother lying on the seabed and although four nearby men plunged into the water to rescue him he was dead by the time they reached him. William's heroism and selfless act of bravery is quietly commemorated in this peaceful corner of the Botanic Garden. Details from a newspaper report at the time of the accident - Evening Post, Volume XLII, Issue 27, 31 July 1891, Page 3

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