On this day …….. 20th of August 1857

Irishman James Johnson the sole survivor of the Dunbar which was wrecked near the entrance to Sydney Harbour on 20th August 1857 with the loss of 121 lives. Nine years later, help by two other men, Johnson was responsible for rescuing the sole survivor of the Cawarra which was wrecked off Newcastle on 12th July 1866 with the loss of 61 lives.