Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

Middle Head

Headland in Sydney Harbour, now part of the Sydney Harbour National Park, which from 1806 to the 1960s contained important defensive fortifications.

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The wreck of the Edward Lombe

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In August 1834 one of the worst maritime disasters in Sydney waters took place when the Edward Lombe was wrecked off Middle Head. The story has been overshadowed by the catastrophic wreck of the Dunbar in 1857, but at the time, the wreck of the Edward Lombe was a significant and distressing incident for the colony. Never before had the colony witnessed the destruction of a large sailing vessel with a resulting loss of life and the event generated widespread debate in the colony about the safety of shipping in the harbour.