Camperdown Cemetery, New South Wales
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Dunbar and Catherine Adamson Shipwrecks

Dunbar.

On the night of 20 August 1857, or early in the morning of 21 August 1857, the Dunbar was wrecked near the South Head Signal Sation. There was only one survivor. It seems that 121 people perished.

Burial forms were completed for five people who died in the shipwreck: Dunbar Memorial

BN06139 William Butler WILLIAMS
BN06140 Hannah Maria WALLER
BN06141 Mary Dowling WALLER
BN06165 John Ridley JERRAM (JERAM)
BN06474 John STEANE

The Burial Register of Camperdown cemetery also records the burial of 24 unidentified persons. The burial register numbers are 6141, 6145, 6152, and 6155. It seems that there were no Burial Forms completed for these burials. The remains were placed in a dedicated tomb. 1.

A contempory account of the wreck of the Dunbar appeared in the Empire on 10 September, 1857.

There is a Wikipedia article for the ship, which provides further links to other information.

A list of names of those on board at the time of the disaster is provided at The New South Wales State Archives.

Catherine Adamson

On 24 October 1857 the Catherine Adamson sank in heavy seas after entering Sydney Heads. Twenty-one people, of those who were on board at the time, perished.

John Charles Hawkes, the pilot on board at the time of the shipwreck is buried at Camperdown:

BN06252 John Charles Hawkes.

Captain Henry Creer, whose ship, Williams, went to the aid of the Catherine Adamson, died 36 years after the incident, on 20 September 1893, and is buried in Camperdown cemetery (BN17672)

The Burial Register of St. Stephens Church, Newtown, contains entries for 7 unidentified persons. The burial register numbers are 6255 and 6266. It seems that there were no Burial Forms completed for these burials. The remains were placed in the same tomb as the remains of those who perished in the the "Dunbar" shipwreck. 2.

A contemporary account of the shipwreck appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on 27 October 1857.

Further details are provideded by The New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage.


Notes:
1. A Brief History of the Memorial to those who were drowned on the Dunbar and Catherine Adamson sailing ships in 1857, Shirley Doolan, 2007, p.5.
2. Ibid, p.10. 2.