In atrocious conditions on the evening of Thursday 20th August, 1857, the clipper 'Dunbar' approached the entrance to Sydney Harbour. Having successfully navigated the journey from England to Sydney just three years earlier, Captain Green felt in control.
However, with visibility less than 100m due to the driving wind and squalls, he misjudged the entry, and the ship floundered at the base of South Head, with the loss of 58 crew and 63 passengers. Just one person survived - James Johnson. There is a memorial here at South Head, and another at St Stephen's Church at Camperdown. Collected relics are also on display at the National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. The siting of the red-and-white striped Hornby Light on the tip of South Head, is a direct consequence of this shipwreck.
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