The 15th of July History Calendar

Return Labourers

On this day 131 years ago in 1886, the Stather built schooner left Dungerness, Queensland, bound for New Britain with 117 return labourers to be repatriated. The ship was wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef, days later debris was found, but no survivors. She was lost with more than 120 lives on board.

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