DIVING – DUNBAR SHIPWRECK

May 13, 2012 § 3 Comments

The Dunbar bell.

The Dunbar bell.

 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)

Kathy was a real-life marine biologist with The Australian Museum in Sydney.

Kathy was a real-life marine biologist with The Australian Museum in Sydney.

 

© 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

cuff links

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

From a 16mm film frame

 

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KATHY DIVES WITH BEN CROPP AM

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Ben Cropp and Eva Papp (1972)

Ben Cropp and Eva Papp (Mrs Ben Cropp No.2 – see Playing with Sharks’ newsreel).

 

 

Shipwrecks in and around Sydney Harbour

Shipwrecks in and around Sydney Harbour

Ben Cropp story

Ben Cropp story – click to enlarge

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Kathy’s first documentary ‘Mermaids in Paradise’ when aged 19  (National Screen and Sound Archives)

 

 Ben’s pup ‘Tuffy’ was a TV celebrity

The underwater photography career of Ben Cropp got a boost with his material of a whale shark and diver off Montague Island NSW in 1965. Very rare footage at the time. Although photographed only with 16mm movie film the quality was good and large prints were enabled. National Geographic magazine later using one of the frames over 3 pages as a centrefold. Still pictures went viral around the world and a documentary would have done well with TV sales.

Note the date.

Note the date. August 19, 1691

Ben Cropp book published in 2010

Ben Cropp book published in 2010

THE DUNBAR (Part 2)

August 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

Newspaper story on the shipwreck, published 14 November 1930 

 

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Wrecked at the entrance to Sydney Harbour in 1857

Wrecked at the entrance to Sydney Harbour in 1857

An iron hammer recovered from among wreckage scattered over the sea floor.

An iron hammer recovered from among wreckage scattered over the sea floor.

Fathom magazine

Fathom magazine

Fathom magazine

Fathom magazine

Handfuls of copper coins were really 'tea tokens' early currency the same size as one penny.

Handfuls of copper coins were really ‘tea tokens’ early currency the same size as one penny.

Pile of  Hanks & Lloyd "pennies" dated 1857 Peace & Plenty, Australian Tea Mart.  (John Gillies collection)

Pile of Hanks & Lloyd “pennies” dated 1857 Peace & Plenty, Australian Tea Mart. (John Gillies collection)

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Pioneer scuba divers preparing to make the first visit to The Dunbar wreck in almost 100 years since she went against the cliff face at South Head, the entrance to Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour).  Don Linklater (left, founder of Undersea Products) and the future professional diving legend Wally Gibbins (right) are shown in this frame from 35mm movie newsreel film.


Pioneer scuba divers preparing to make the first visit to The Dunbar wreck in almost 100 years since she went against the cliff face at South Head, the entrance to Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour). Don Linklater (left, founder of Undersea Products) and the future professional diving legend Wally Gibbins (right) are shown in this frame from 35mm movie newsreel film.

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