Henry Lyttelton Dunsford was born on 20 June 1859 in Lyttelton, New Zealand. He was the Wimmera’s first colonial-born master and was briefly appointed from September to… 1913 whilst the Wimmera was operating on the Sydney-Hobart run.

Captain Dunsford stood at 5’ 10”, had brown hair and eyes and a sallow complexion. He joined his first ship, the London-registered 698-ton barque Norham Castle, in December 1876. After serving on a number of ships he obtained his 2nd mate’s certificate for square-rigged sailing vessels in November 1882.

Captain Dunsford had his certificate suspended in 1908 following an enquiry into the grounding of the S.S. Westralia which was under his command on … He later regained his certificate and was master of other Huddart Parker vessels including the Goulburn, … but never again [had fulltime command of a passenger vessel… He appears to have been last in charge of the Goulburn on her arrival into Newcastle in July 1923.

Henry Lyttelton Dunsford died at his residence in Rocklands Roads, Wollstonecroft, North Sydney, NSW on 29 November 1936. He was buried the following day at Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney. He left a wife, Eliza Anna Dunsford. The couple were married in Sydney in 1900.


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