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The Sydney papers are full of reminiscenses of the wreck of the Dunbar thirty years ago • and a curious controversy has arisen whether ' the rescuer and deliverer of the sole survivor ' was really so prominent a person in the scene as alleged, Mr Philip Cohen, writing to the ' Echo ' on the subject, observes : To my utter astonishment, a Mr James appeared at the banquet in question asj the rescuer and deliverer of James Johnson, the sole survivor of the Dunbar. Permit me to say that this is the first time that I have ever heard of anyone named James being in any way concerned with the rescue of Johnson. The real hero to whom the latter owes his life was a Norwegian lad named Antonio Wollier, who at the imminent risk of his own life, descended the cliffs at South Head, not as stated at the banquet, in response to any signals seen from the top of the cliff, because none were seen, nor could they have been seen if displayed by Johnson from the position where hs was placed. This intrepid boy Wollier stepped forth in response to a call for a volunteer to descend the cliff, in order to discover if any traces of life were left from the wreck. I well remember how men shuddered and women wept when that fragile boy clambered over and disappeared down the jagged and perpendicular rocks. Scarcely a sound was heard from the assembled thousands, until a mighty roar announced the rescue of Johnson and the subsequent recovery of his brave deliverer, Antonio Wollier, who took with him the only rope I saw sent down the cliffs J and well he used it. Tbe story about the 'sooges bag ' filled with stones is a pure fabrication ; but the most amazing result obtained at the banquet was the recognition of James by Johnson, and the verification of the former's statement as to how he rescued the latter. Why, when Johnson was hauled over the brow of the cliff he was in a perfectly dazed condition, if not quite unconscious. Surely there must be numbers of people living at the present day who will bear me out m this statement.

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Tuapeka Times, Tuapeka Times, Volume XX, Issue 1400, 2 November 1887

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THE DUNCAN DUNBAR. Tuapeka Times, Volume XX, Issue 1400, 2 November 1887