DIVING – DUNBAR SHIPWRECK

May 13, 2012 § 3 Comments

The Dunbar bell.

The Dunbar bell.

Stills from 35mm newsreel negatives.  First divers on the Dunbar wreck site 1950s. Using twin air cylinders is Wally Gibbins (right) with diving equipment manufacturer Don Linklater.  On the water is Ron Clisold  on the ski.  View from the cliff shows position where ship struck rocks, close to the notorious suicide location “The Gap”. (which is a ‘gap’ in the cliff face).  121 people perished in the Dunbar disaster, 1857.  More died in modern times jumping off the cliff in desperation to end their suffering.

 

 Kathy collage, press picture with underwater shot.

Kathy, press picture with underwater shot.

Coins found on The Dunbar wreck site by the late John Gillies

Coins found on The Dunbar wreck site by the late John Gillies

Kathy examines tea token coins solidified into a clump. (1967)

Kathy examines tea token coins solidified into a clump. (1967)

Tea token coins dated 1857

 

© 1967

© 1967

THE DUNBAR shipwreck at the entrance to Sydney Harbor contained all the family belongings for 121 migrants in 1857 plus the ship's cargo. Ten thousand gold sovereigns were never found - or nobody was admitting to it. Coins with holes drilled through them were from neck chains.

THE DUNBAR shipwreck at the entrance to Sydney Harbor contained all the family belongings for 121 migrants in 1857 plus the ship’s cargo. Ten thousand gold sovereigns were never found – or nobody was admitting to it. Coins with holes drilled through them were from neck chains.

The Dunbar - wreck Sydney 1857

The Dunbar – wrecked Sydney South Head 1857

cuff links

sovereign as cuff links

Tug-o-war with cuttlefish - from a 16mm film frame in Aquarius (1970)

From a 16mm film frame

 

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