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The Gap, looking south over Watsons Bay and Vaucluse with the City of Sydney and the harbour on the right

The Gap is an ocean cliff, in eastern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located in the eastern suburb of Watsons Bay, near South Head.

The Gap is also a suicide location of some notoriety, with a reported 50 suicides annually. Don Ritchie was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his suicide prevention efforts at The Gap[1].

Notable deaths


The following notable people have died at The Gap, either through suicide or foul play:

Victim/Person Age Occupation Date Cause
Charmaine Dragun 29 Ten Newsreader 2 November 2007 suicide
Caroline Byrne 24 Model June 1995 homicide

Ship crash

In 1857 the sailing ship Dunbar carrying 63 passengers and 59 crew crashed into the rocky cliff at the foot of The Gap. Dunbar, captained by James Green, left England on 31 May 1857 and arrived off Botany Bay shortly after dark on 20 August 1857.

The weather was stormy, with a strong wind. In poor visibility, Captain Green misjudged the entrance to the harbour and the Dunbar impacted the rocky cliff at the foot of The Gap, causing the ship's topmasts to snap and the ship to turn broadside on pounding her asunder against the rocks. The next day, crowds watched as breakers pounded victims' corpses against the rocks, while inside the harbour the incoming tide carried naked bodies, many mutilated by sharks, amid cargo and wreckage.

One man survived, a young sailor named James Johnson, who clung to a rocky ledge below the Gap for 36 hours. Johnson, later employed at the Newcastle lighthouse, rescued another lone survivor from the wreckage of the steamer, SS Cawarra in July 1866.

The funeral of the Dunbar victims was the longest procession Sydney had ever seen. The unidentified dead were buried in a common grave at Camperdown cemetery.

The Dunbar's anchor was recovered more than fifty years later and placed on the cliffs at Watsons Bay with a memorial tablet.



External links


pt:The Gap (Nova Gales do Sul) zh:斷魂谷 (新南威爾士州)

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