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Reproduced courtesy of Ida McLeod

A copy of the South Head Signal Master's log book entries on the wreck of the DUNBAR

Date: 21 August 1857 - 22 August 1857
Overall: 33.5 × 2 mm, 0.05 kg, 209 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from E Hanley
Object Copyright: © Ida McLeod
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Manuscript
Object No: 00016512
Place Manufactured:Sydney
Related Place:South Head,

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    A seven page manuscript copied from the South Head signal master's log book on the shipwreck of the DUNBAR. The manuscript is titled 'The ship "Dunbar" Southhead signal station 21st August 1857'. In the margin is the inscription 'Copy of entry in log at signal station southhead, Watson's Bay by James Graham signal master'.
    SignificanceThis manuscript is an important record of the loss of the clipper ship DUNBAR, the worst peace-time merchant shipping tragedy in New South Wales history. The wreck had a substantial impact on the people of Sydney and featured in many newspapers, lithographs and magazines of the time.
    HistoryThe wreck of the DUNBAR was Sydney's bigest maritime disaster. It shook the colony's confidence to the core and prompted calls for the construction of a lighthouse which was achieved the following year with the erection of the Hornby Lighthouse on South Head.
    This manuscript features a full account of the wreck and also the funeral procession that followed after.
    (Pages 1 - 4 is a letter (21 August 1857) by James Graham to Captain R. Pockley reporting the shipwreck. Also on page 4 is a letter by James Graham (22 August 1857) to Captain R. Pockely reporting the coil of rope given by Mayor George Thornton. Page 5 reports the rescue of James Johnson able-bodied seaman aboard the DUNBAR and his statement of the events. Page 6 is a report of the passengers. Page 7 is a report of the funeral procession through the streets of Sydney to the Camperdown cemetery).
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